Adjective "anoint" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Smear or rub with oil, typically as part of a religious ceremony.
  1. 'bodies were anointed after death for burial'
  2. 'Deeply ashamed and motivated by love and repentance, she anoints Jesus with oil and washes his feet.'
  3. 'Following baptism, the child is anointed with a special oil and dressed in new clothing.'
  4. 'One traditional practice that is part of this belief system is anointing one's body with butter or ghee, a clarified butter used for cooking and other purposes.'
  5. 'According to some reports, when they returned two days later to anoint his body, they found the tomb empty.'
  6. 'Ritually anointing our hands is both a symbol of the renewal of creation as well as a spiritual cleansing in preparation for the work of the new day.'
  7. 'When Mary Magdalene went to Jesus's tomb to anoint the body, she was shocked to find it empty.'
  8. 'Moses then took the anointing oil, anointed the Tabernacle, and all that was within it and consecrated it.'
  9. 'He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the layer and its base, to sanctify them.'
  10. 'The women speculate on the stone and who will move it for them so they can anoint the body.'
  11. 'The bishop's prayer that speaks of the layer of regeneration of the Holy Spirit is given next as he lays a hand on the new Christians and anoints them on the forehead with holy oil.'
  12. 'In the poem, Hector's body, attached to Achilles' chariot and dragged around Troy, cannot be mutilated because Aphrodite has anointed it with ambrosia.'
  13. 'He anoints his body with an endless series of unguents, emollients, lubricants, and conditioners.'
  14. 'Crush them, take your men and wipe them clean from this earth, anoint the soil with their blood, and spill it in my name, for this land shall be our land now.'
  15. 'Savitri looked down again and saw that she was anointing her husband's body with a drizzle of tears.'
  16. 'If you are lucky, you may even find an artist carefully anointing a canvas with oils, while the service staff move past with the plates for the diners.'
  17. 'Rian said, ‘Does the priest anoint them with holy water?’'
  18. 'But the tearful lover, turned away from her door, often smothers the threshold with flowers and garlands, and anoints the proud doorposts with marjoram, and plants kisses, poor wretch, on the door.'
  19. 'Wine-based oils were popularly used for anointing the forehead with perfumed unguents.'
  20. 'Like the bloody napkin and the physical examination, this test is not as foolproof as it sounds: one simply anoints the sieve with lanolin to provide a seal.'
  21. 'As I dressed her wound, she informed me of how she had initiated her treatment at home by anointing the offending knife with oil, wrapping it in a clean linen napkin, and placing the knife in a drawer.'
  22. with object and complement 'Samuel anointed him king'
  23. 'She understood however, the power of symbolism and why the king she crowned had to be anointed with holy oils.'
  24. 'Both the Visigoths and the Franks, in emulation of the Old Testament, anointed their kings with holy oil.'
  25. 'In Israel, high priests were anointed with oil, signifying that God had chosen them.'
  26. 'Jesus was anointed by the Spirit for the extraordinary task of ministry.'
  27. 'When the first king turned from the ways of God, he anointed the next king, David, and heralded in another era.'
  28. 'God told the prophet Samuel to go to Jesse's home to anoint the next king of Israel.'
  29. 'So a delegation is dispatched to ask Samuel to anoint a king instead.'
  30. 'This was the oil they used to anoint kings and priests, and that upon John the Baptist anointing Jesus, Jesus sees a vision of God, and the Holy Spirit descends on him.'
  31. 'In 754 Pope Stephen II personally went to Ponthion to consecrate his power through the highly symbolical act of ceremonially anointing Pippin as king.'
  32. 'He will then be anointed in a special ceremony and, as an act of humility, will wash the hands of various members of the community.'
  33. 'And now his party will anoint this man their ‘hero’, and send him off to battle for the leadership of the free world.'
  34. 'As a hardline right-winger in the early 1990s I was personally anointed by Margaret Thatcher as her chosen successor.'
  35. 'The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee will be known long before the party faithful gather in Boston this summer to officially anoint him to challenge President George W. Bush.'
  36. 'His fellow lawyers at the American Bar Association awarded him their Silver Gavel award, and the prestigious Journal of Philosophy anoints him ‘America's leading legal philosopher.’'
  37. 'He later discovered that there is a ritual of initiation into the army in which all applicants are anointed under the spirit of the lion.'
  38. 'Johnny will interpret his increased margin and perceived further conservative shift as justification to anoint Tony Abbott as his chosen successor.'
  39. 'Their shot at least one network anchor job was eliminated this past summer when MSNBC anchor Brian Williams was anointed the successor to NBC veteran anchor Tom Brokaw.'
  40. 'It told people when to move to new hunting grounds, when to plant crops, when to bury the dead, anoint new rulers, slaughter animals, make babies.'
  41. 'Six years later she was anointed prime minister.'
  42. 'Asked about the Chancellor's future, Mr Blair praised Mr Brown but stopped short of anointing him.'

More definitions

1. to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.

2. to smear with any liquid.

3. to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil: He anointed the new high priest.

4. to dedicate to the service of God.

More examples(as adjective)

"africans can be anoint with greases."

"africans can be anoint."


Middle English: from Old French enoint ‘anointed’, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inungere, from in- ‘upon’ + ungere ‘anoint, smear with oil’.


Anointing of the Sick
God's (or the Lord's) anointed