• WordNet 3.6
    • v anoint administer an oil or ointment to; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
    • v anoint choose by or as if by divine intervention "She was anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • p. p Anoint Anointed.
    • Anoint 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.""Anoint Hazael to be king over Syria."
    • Anoint 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anoint To pour oil upon; smear or rub over with oil or any unctuous substance; hence, to smear with any liquid.
    • anoint To consecrate, especially a king, priest, or prophet, by unction, or the use of oil.
    • anoint To serve as an ointment for; lubricate.
    • anoint Obsolete past participle of anoint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Anoint an-oint′ to smear with ointment or oil: to consecrate with oil
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  • Ogden Nash
    “Whether elected or appointed he considers himself the Lord's anointed, and indeed the ointment lingers on him so thick you can't get your fingers on him.”
  • Claude D. Pepper
    Claude D. Pepper
    “The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. enoint, p. p. of enoindre, fr. L. inungere,; in, + ungere, unguere, to smear, anoint. See Ointment Unguent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
= an+oint. See Ointment.


In literature:

Meanwhile, over even this period is a holy providing, an anointed commission of grace.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The hoof should be kept moist; the wall at the quarter may be rasped thin and kept anointed.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
Fine work above, that their anointed care Should die such little death!
"The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)" by John Dryden
It was also used by the gods for anointing the body and hair.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
What, touch anointed power!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
With this infusion she bathed the wounds, anointing them afterwards with oil made from acorns.
"The Princess Pocahontas" by Virginia Watson
What kings did Samuel anoint?
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
If such Kings are by God appointed, The devil may be the Lord's anointed.
"The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)" by Theophilus Cibber
He then went to Winchester, which, as well as Wimborne, is in the south of England, to be crowned and anointed king.
"King Alfred of England" by Jacob Abbott
He had come to believe that his power proceeded directly from the god Bel, and that he was the chosen and anointed of that deity.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney

In poetry:

Hosanna to th' anointed King,
To David's holy Son;
Help us, O Lord; descend and bring
Salvation from thy throne.
"Psalm 118 part 4" by Isaac Watts
O joy to see before I die
The only God-anointed King,
And hear the silver trumpets ring
A triumph as He passes by!
"Rome Unvisited" by Oscar Wilde
Why did the nations join to slay
The Lord's anointed Son?
Why did they cast His laws away
And tread His gospel down?
"Psalm II: Why Did the Nations" by Isaac Watts
Why did the nations join to slay
The Lord's anointed Son?
Why did they cast his laws away,
And tread his gospel down?
"Psalm 2" by Isaac Watts
The great in counsel and in might
Their various forces bring;
Against the Lord they all unite,
And His anointed King.
"With restless and ungoverned rage" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
That is essential, as will soon appear,
Lay here thine hand, which cold night dews anoint,
Washing its white--
"The Pierrot Of The Minute" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

Dan Deacon (with Alan Resnick, Chester Gwazda and Height With Friends) anoints the Firebird with exuberant sounds, Sunday, September 2.
The heirs of Mao Zedong convene this week to anoint.
Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, facing a 4th cancer surgery, anoints successor in case he has to leave office.
In June this year, I found myself screaming at the Ming dynasty Emperor Wanli for wanting to anoint his third born son in place of the first born.
This is, perhaps, old news to my savvy readers, but I feel such a moniker of Fall needs to be properly anointed.
Why Your Anointing Is So Offensive.
For when there is an anointing upon you, you will succeed in some sense.
Numerous scribes anointed Toronto musical collective Broken Social Scene as this year's cool trend after a gig at Stubb's during South By Southwest in March.
Why Your Anointing Is So Offensive .
Santorum stands out as the future anointed one of the Christian Right.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church has a job opening for a Part-Time Anointed Piantist/ Organist .
HBO's prison drama Oz had great writing and acting and took storytelling risks long before The Sopranos was anointed a TV groundbreaker.
We feel confident anointing this the world's first augmented-reality golf-cart-based OutRun cabinet.
Whether we anoint them with heavy cream, treat them to a steamy, burlap-wrapped sauna, or bathe them in hot peanut oil, we treat oysters with reverence, displaying a nearly cultlike devotion.
One way or another, all of us anointed Persons of the Year are really just customers.