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. verb
    administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
    synonyms: anele, embrocate, inunct, oil
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    type of:
    bless
    give a benediction to
  2. verb
    choose by or as if by divine intervention
    “She was anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group”
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    type of:
    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
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