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NOUN (4)

1. excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm;
[syn: unction, smarm, fulsomeness]

2. smug self-serving earnestness;
[syn: fulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness, unction]

3. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation;
[syn: ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salve]

4. anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual;
[syn: unction, inunction]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unction \Unc"tion\, n. [OE. unccioun, uncioun, OF. oncion, onction, F. onction, fr. L. unctio, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See Unguent.] 1. The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes, or as a symbol of consecration; as, mercurial unction. [1913 Webster] To be heir, and to be king By sacred unction, thy deserved right. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive. [1913 Webster] The king himself the sacred unction made. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Lay not that flattering unction to your soul. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Divine or sanctifying grace. [R.] [1913 Webster] 4. That quality in language, address, or the like, which excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious, or unnatural fervor. [1913 Webster] The delightful equivoque and unction of the passage in Farquhar. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster] The mention of thy glory Is unction to the breast. --Neale (Rhythm of St. Bernard). [1913 Webster] Extreme unction (R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.), the sacrament of anointing in the last hours; the application of consecrated oil by a priest to all the senses, that is, to eyes, ears, nostrils, etc., of a person when in danger of death from illness, -- done for remission of sins. [James v. 14, 15.] [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

79 Moby Thesaurus words for "unction": Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation, anointment, balm, balsam, brilliantine, cant, cerate, chrism, chrismal, chrismation, chrismatory, chrisom, cold cream, collyrium, cream, demulcent, embrocation, emollient, extreme unction, eye-lotion, eyewash, eyewater, face cream, false piety, falseness, flattering tongue, goody-goodiness, greasing, gush, hand lotion, hypocrisy, insincerity, inunction, inunctum, lanolin, last rites, lenitive, liniment, lotion, lubricating, lubrication, lubrification, mealymouthedness, mummery, nard, oil, oiliness, oiling, ointment, pharisaicalness, pharisaism, pietism, pietisticalness, piety, piousness, pomade, pomatum, religionism, religiosity, sacramental anointment, sacred unction, salve, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, self-righteousness, slobber, smarm, snivel, snuffle, soothing syrup, spikenard, that flattering unction, unctuousness, unguent, unguentum, viaticum, vulnerary