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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But he had blocked all her attempts to anoint him with love and sympathy.
▪ But party leaders have continued to anoint candidates in important local races.
▪ David had done absolutely nothing to earn his spurs when Samuel anointed him.
▪ He gave the man the Viaticum and blessed him, anointing him on the head, chest, hands and feet.
▪ On his accession he was crowned and anointed by ecclesiastics.
▪ She looked a little like a child who has been anointed by the wing of a magical bird.
▪ The vintage wine had anointed his tongue with new and seductive language.
▪ Viktor stood while he blessed the dying man and anointed him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anoint \A*noint"\, p. p. Anointed. [Obs.]


Anoint \A*noint"\ ([.a]*noint"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Anointed; p. pr. & vb. n. Anointing.] [OF. enoint, p. p. of enoindre, fr. L. inungere; in + ungere, unguere, to smear, anoint. See Ointment, Unguent.]

  1. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.

    And fragrant oils the stiffened limbs anoint.

    He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
    --John ix. 6.

  2. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.

    Then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and pour it upon his [Aaron's] head and anoint him.
    --Exod. xxix. 7.

    Anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.
    --1 Kings xix. 15.

    The Lord's Anointed, Christ or the Messiah; also, a Jewish or other king by ``divine right.''
    --1 Sam. xxvi. 9.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300 (implied in anointing), from Old French enoint "smeared on," past participle of enoindre "smear on," from Latin inunguere "to anoint," from in- "on" + unguere "to smear" (see unguent). Originally in reference to grease or oil smeared on for medicinal purposes; its use in the Coverdale Bible in reference to Christ (as in The Lord's Anointed; see chrism) has spiritualized the word. Related: Anointed; anointing.


vb. 1 (label en transitive) To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil. 2 (label en transitive) To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration. 3 (label en transitive figuratively) to choose or nominate somebody for an leading or otherwise important position, especially formally or officially, or as an intended successor 4 (label en transitive historical) to mark somebody as an official ruler, especially a king or queen, as a part of a religious ceremony


v. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing [syn: inunct, oil, anele, embrocate]


Usage examples of "anoint".

Yet here we are told that the disciples, especially Judas, condemned Mary for using the rare and expensive unguent of spikenard to anoint Jesus on the grounds that it could have been sold to raise money for the poor.

The popes of Rome later took it upon themselves to ritually anoint the emperors into their exalted office as part of the ceremony of coronation, as if a pope should have the power to create a messiah.

Tradition has also identified her with two other women of the New Testament: Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus, and an unnamed woman who anoints Jesus with spikenard from an alabaster jar.

The Synoptic Gospels go so far as to make the woman who anoints Jesus anonymous, although it is highly likely that the writers knew who she was and why she was important.

The Anointed had helped him, but only out of the basest of motives, and never as openly or effectively as John might have liked.

Throughout the remaining conversation the Anointed was visibly tired and irritable, while John was simply impatient to be done and leave.

He would need a tribe where the government was not as jealous of its power as the Anointed of the Chosen.

John guessed that the Anointed did, indeed, equate physical strength with ambition and power, and allowed no big strong men into positions of power lest they one day overthrow him.

That seemed odd, since the Anointed himself was so grotesquely fat that the effort of hauling his own weight around left him with little strength for anything else.

Perhaps that was another reason that the Anointed had wanted nothing to do with them.

Grace would be permitted to discuss the possibility of trade with the Anointed the following morning.

Anointed ship were working properly, holding the Anointed in place as they had been so lovingly arranged.

At least the Gateway had brought the spinners to the Anointed and not sent them each off to some unexplained destination where they would be forever wandering.

Even the ship of the Anointed was strange once they were through the Gateway.

Riutta echoed She stopped and gazed at the hundreds of Anointed in their imitation of life.