Meaning of ANOINT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈnȯint ]

transitive verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, from in- + unguere to smear — more at ointment

Date: 14th century

1. : to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance


a. : to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration

b. : to choose by or as if by divine election ; also : to designate as if by a ritual anointment

critics anoint ed the author as the bright new talent

• anoint·er noun

• anoint·ment -mənt noun

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