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unc·tion

 (ŭngk′shən)
n.
1. The act of anointing as part of a religious, ceremonial, or healing ritual.
2. An ointment or oil; a salve.
3. Something that serves to soothe; a balm.
4. Affected or exaggerated earnestness, especially in choice and use of language.

[Middle English, from Latin ūnctiō, ūnctiōn-, from ūnctus, past participle of unguere, to anoint.]

unction

(ˈʌŋkʃən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) chiefly RC Church Eastern Churches the act of anointing with oil in sacramental ceremonies, in the conferring of holy orders
2. excessive suavity or affected charm
3. an ointment or unguent
4. anything soothing or comforting
[C14: from Latin unctiō an anointing, from ungere to anoint; see unguent]
ˈunctionless adj

unc•tion

(ˈʌŋk ʃən)

n.
1. the act of anointing, esp. as a medical treatment or religious rite.
2. the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying.
3. something soothing or comforting.
4. an affected or excessive earnestness in manner or utterance; unctuousness.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ūnctiō, derivative of ungu(ere) to smear, anoint]

Unction

 of undertakers: a company of undertakers—Lipton, 1970.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unction - excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charmunction - excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
compliment - a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
2.unction - smug self-serving earnestnessunction - smug self-serving earnestness  
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
3.unction - semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritationunction - semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
arnica - an ointment used in treating bruises
baby oil - an ointment for babies
balsam - an ointment containing a fragrant resin
carron oil - an ointment formerly used to treat burns
cerate - a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
chrism, chrisom, holy oil, sacramental oil - a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
lip balm - a balm applied to the lips
mentholated salve - a salve containing menthol
mercurial ointment - an ointment containing mercury
curative, cure, therapeutic, remedy - a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
zinc ointment - an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
lanolin, wool fat, wool grease - a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics
4.unction - anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritualunction - anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
anointing, anointment - the act of applying oil or an oily liquid
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
Translations

unction

[ˈʌŋkʃən] N
1. (= ointment) → unción f
extreme unction (Rel) → extremaunción f
2. (fig) (= suaveness) → unción f (pej) (= affected charm) → celo m fingido, afectación f
he said with unctiondijo con afectación

unction

n
(Rel: = anointing) → Salbung f, → Ölung f; extreme unctionLetzte Ölung
(= insincere fervour)hohles or unechtes Pathos

unction

[ˈʌŋkʃn] n extreme unction (Rel) → estrema unzione f

unc·tion

n. unción, aplicación de un ungüento o aceite.
References in classic literature ?
After a mute confession, communion was administered to the dying man, preparations made for the sacrament of unction, and in his house there was the bustle and thrill of suspense usual at such moments.
I am very glad I persuaded him to receive extreme unction tomorrow," she said, sitting in her dressing jacket before her folding looking glass, combing her soft, fragrant hair with a fine comb.
A third-and he is the master's favorite--shall be a worthy successor to the old Puritan ministers now in their graves; he shall preach with great unction and effect, and leave volumes of sermons, in print and manuscript, for the benefit of future generations.
As thus, that David having heard a horrid word in the street, uttered it with unction in the home.
The mendicant uttered these words in a tone of such humility, such earnest repentance, that Gondy placed his hand upon him and gave him his benediction with all the unction of which he was capable.
The pair were oddly contrasted: the American very neat in his black coat and pepper-and-salt trousers, thin and dried-up, with something of ecclesiastical unction already in his manner; and the Englishman in his loose tweed suit, large-limbed and slow of gesture.
Krook almost smacks his lips with the unction of a horrible interest.
So I told his lie with unction at my bank, and made due arrangements for the reception of his chest next morning.
And the friar said grace too, with great unction, over the food; and Robin said Amen
Three neighbours surrounded her when the dominie administered the Extreme Unction.
Extreme unction had been administered to the cardinal, who, faithful to his habits of dissimulation, struggled against appearances, and even against reality, receiving company in his bed, as if he only suffered from a temporary complaint.
I sat upon the platform of the large chapel and looked forth on a thousand coloured faces, and the choir of a hundred or more behind me sang a familiar religious melody, and the whole company joined in the chorus with unction.