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Definition of Anoint

  ANOINT   verb, transitive
To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery.
  As sovereigns are anointed by the priesthood,
  So pigs to lead the populace are greased good.


Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??n??nt v.tr. 1 apply oil or ointment to, esp. as a religious ceremony (e.g. at baptism, or the consecration of a priest or king, or in ministering to the sick). 2 (usu. foll. by with) smear, rub. °°anointer n. [ME f. AF anoint (adj.) f. OF enoint past part. of enoindre f. L inungere (as IN-(2), ungere unct- smear with oil)]

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