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(n.) That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive.
(n.) 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.
(n.) 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.
(n.) Divine or sanctifying grace.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Unction'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/u/unction.html. 1828.