• WordNet 3.6
    • n unction anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
    • n unction semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    • n unction smug self-serving earnestness
    • n unction excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unction Divine or sanctifying grace.
    • Unction That quality in language, address, or the like, which excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious, or unnatural fervor. "The delightful equivoque and unction of the passage in Farquhar.""The mention of thy glory
      Is unction to the breast."
    • Unction That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive. "The king himself the sacred unction made.""Lay not that flattering unction to your soul."
    • Unction The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes, or as a symbol of consecration; as, mercurial unction . "To be heir, and to be king
      By sacred unction , thy deserved right."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unction The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, ointment, or oil.
    • n unction Especially— Anointing as a symbol of consecration, dedication, or appointment to an important office. The practice of unction in religious ceremouials existed in the Christian church at a very early day, as well as in the Jewish church, and has been continued to the present time in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and some other churches. In Christian usage it includes the unction of catechumens both before and after baptism, of candidates at confirmation, of the clergy at ordination, of the sick, of kings at their coronation, and of various articles dedicated to a sacred use. The practice is not continued in Protestant churches. See chrism, and holy oil (under oil).
    • n unction Anointing for medical purposes.
    • n unction That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; a salve.
    • n unction Hence Anything that is soothing or lenitive.
    • n unction In speech, that quality in the words used, tone of expression, or mode of address which excites devotion, fervor, tenderness, sympathy, and the like in the hearer; especially, those qualities which induce religious fervor and tenderness.
    • n unction Emotional warmth; gush; specifically, simulated fervor, devotion, or sympathy; counterfeited sentiment; nauseous sentimentality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unction ungk′shun an anointing: that which is used for anointing: ointment: that quality in language which raises emotion or devotion: warmth of address: divine or sanctifying grace
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. unccioun, uncioun, OF. oncion, onction, F. onction, fr. L. unctio, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See Unguent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. unctiounguĕre, unctum, to anoint.


In literature:

The Unction from the Holy One.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
His queen received the royal unction on Christmas-day, 1158.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
The good old woman read with unction.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The king himself the sacred unction made, As king by office, and as priest by trade.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
The artistic comedy of Rejane lacked the richness and unction of Miss Tempest's methods.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Roger Holland had an unction from the Holy One, and his prescience was true.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Uncle James had read prayers with such happy unction, and showed such pleased importance as he took his seat.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He discoursed with great unction, and the crowded audience hung upon his lips.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
He spoke his grace with unction, and was surprised to hear his guest echo the Latin words after him.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
And after supper Natalya would sing the Hebrew grace at much leisurely length and with great unction.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill

In poetry:

However true, they have no life,
Or unction to impart;
They breed the worms of pride and strife,
But cannot cheer the heart.
"Manna Hoarded" by John Newton
No need of prophets to inquire:
The sun is risen; the stars retire;
The Comforter is come, and sheds
His holy unction on our heads.
"O God, Who didst Thy will unfold" by Josiah Conder
Happy the souls that first believed,
To Jesus and each other cleaved,
Joined by the unction from above
In mystic fellowship of love.
"Hymn XVI: Happy the Souls That First Believed" by Charles Wesley
Give tongues of fire and hearts of love
To preach the reconciling Word,
Give power and unction from above,
Whene’er the joyful sound is heard.
"O Spirit of the Living God" by James Montgomery
And so the day of unction ends;
Six bulls are dragged across the sand.
Ferocity and worship blends,
Religion and red thirst hold hands . . .
Dear Christ! 'Tis hard to understand!
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
Some parting injunction, bestowed with great unction,
I tried to recall, but forgot like a dunce,
When Reginald Murray, full tilt on White Surrey,
Came down in a hurry to start us at once.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In science:

So the gauge β −f unction vanishes at one-loop.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
The gauge β −f unction vanishes at one loop in general gauge theories with three chiral superfields in the adjoint representation.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Here we will analyze the β − f unctions obtained in the previous section.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Obviously, the above convexity assumption of Q is equivalent to Q′′ (x) ≥ ρ on R as long as Q is a C 2f unction.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
At the same time, the pixels must be fine enough so that the cross-correlation f unction is not washed out.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators