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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


Synonymsinunction


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









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