KJV Dictionary Definition: anoint


ANOINT', v.t. L. ungo.

1. To pour oil upon; to smear or rub over with oil or unctuous substances; also to spread over, as oil. We say, the man anoints another, or the oil anoints him.

2. To consecrate by unction, or the use of oil.

Thou shalt anoint the altar, and sanctify it. Ex. 29.

3. To smear or daub.

He anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay. John 9.

4. To prepare, in allusion to the consecrating use of oil.

Anoint the shield. Isaiah 21.

To anoint the head with oil, Ps. 23 seems to signify to communicate the consolations of the Holy Spirit.

The use of oil in consecrations, was of high antiquity. Kings, prophets and priests were set apart or consecrated to their offices by the use of oil. Hence the peculiar application of the term anointed to Jesus Christ.


ANOINT'ED, pp. Smeared or rubbed with oil; set apart; consecrated with oil.

ANOINT'ED, n. The Messiah, or Son of God, consecrated to the great office of Redeemer; called the Lord's anointed. Cyrus is also called the Lord's anointed. Isaiah 45.


ANOINT'ER, n. One who anoints.


ANOINT'ING, ppr. Smearing with oil; pouring on oil, or other oleaginous substance; consecrating.

ANOINT'ING, n. The act of smearing with oil; a consecrating.


ANOINT'MENT, n. The act of anointing, or state of being anointed.