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extreme unction

Syllabification: ex·treme unc·tion

Definition of extreme unction in English:

noun

(In the Roman Catholic Church) a former name for the sacrament of anointing of the sick, especially when administered to the dying.
Example sentences
  • Other sacramental services using consecrated water, salt or oil were performed by the priest in the church porch or, in the case of extreme unction, in the dying person's home.
  • The sisters assisted, sometimes pressed, patients in fulfilling the four sacraments important in the hospital context: baptism, penance, Holy Communion, and extreme unction.
  • The sacraments of baptism, confirmation, marriage, and extreme unction provided rites of passage through crucial moments in an individual's life.

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