anoint

To anoint means to choose by divine intervention. Or at least it seems like the big guy upstairs had something to do with it.

Saints and religious leaders are said to be anointed, but so is that new unstoppable quarterback who saved the team midseason. Anoint comes to us from the ancient Latin word unguere, which means "to smear." Which explains the other sense of this word, which is to apply with oil or another smearable substance, such as during a religious ceremony.

Definitions of anoint
1

v administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing

Synonyms:
anele, embrocate, inunct, oil
Type of:
bless
give a benediction to

v choose by or as if by divine intervention

“She was anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group”
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

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