Definition of unguent in English:
- Traditionally perfumes were made from plant and animal substances and prepared in the form of waters, oils, unguents, powders, and incense.
- They are often used either as adornment, or as an ingredient in potions, unguents or medicaments when crushed into powder.
- As expected, the shower facilities were well-stocked with towels and lotions and unguents of all sorts, spotlessly clean, and brightly lit, in a welcoming, warmly incandescent kind of way.
Late Middle English: from Latin unguentum, from unguere 'anoint'.
unction from Late Middle English:
This is from Latin unctio, from unguere ‘anoint’, also the source of unguent (Late Middle English), and via French of anoint (Middle English) and ointment (Middle English). The phrase extreme unction in the Roman Catholic Church refers to a final anointing of a sick person in danger of death. Unctuous had the early sense ‘greasy; like an ointment’, which rapidly developed into ‘rich’. The sense ‘having spiritual unction’ developed in the mid 18th century, but rapidly developed the sense that this was hypocritical.
- British & World English dictionary
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