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1. The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
2. The act of anointing, as in a religious ceremony.

[Middle English, anointing, from Latin inūnctiō, inūnctiōn-, from inūnctus, past participle of inunguere, to anoint : in-, on; see in-2 + unguere, to smear.]
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1. (Medicine) the application of an ointment to the skin, esp by rubbing
2. (Medicine) the ointment so used
3. the act of anointing; anointment
[C15: from Latin inunguere to anoint, from unguere; see unction]
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(ɪnˈʌŋk ʃən)

the act of anointing or the rubbing in of an oil.
[1595–1605; < Latin inunctiō <inung(uere) to anoint]
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Noun1.inunction - anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritualinunction - 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
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