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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.