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English noun: unction

1. unction (communication) excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm

Synonymsfulsomeness, smarm

Broader (hypernym)compliment

2. unction (attribute) smug self-serving earnestness

Synonymsfulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness

Broader (hypernym)hypocrisy

3. unction (artifact) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

Synonymsbalm, ointment, salve, unguent

Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic

Narrower (hyponym)arnica, baby oil, balsam, carron oil, cerate, chrism, chrisom, holy oil, lip balm, mentholated salve, mercurial ointment, sacramental oil, zinc ointment

Substance holonymlanolin, wool fat, wool grease

Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

4. unction (act) anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual


Broader (hypernym)anointing, anointment, religious ceremony, religious ritual

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