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Synonyms for anoint

choose by or as if by divine intervention

administer an oil or ointment to

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The daughter of Polycrates, dreamed that Jupiter bathed her father, and Apollo anointed him; and it came to pass, that he was crucified in an open place, where the sun made his body run with sweat, and the rain washed it.
Then was he anointed and consecrated, and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way, which had so affected him, that he was to be his Holiness the Pope.
The wet nurse supported the coverlet with her while the priest with a goose feather anointed the boy's little red and wrinkled soles and palms.
 To smell the sweetness of the Lord's anointed.
 As sovereigns are anointed by the priesthood,
And the spirit's happiness is this: to be anointed and consecrated with tears as a sacrificial victim,--did ye know that before?
With these incoherent exclamations, the young woman burst into another fit of crying, and got so dreadfully hysterical, that a couple of women who came up at the moment asked a butcher's boy with a shiny head of hair anointed with suet, who was also looking on, whether he didn't think he had better run for the doctor.
Throughout the book, Serita Jakes shows herself to be an anointed, spiritual counselor.
If the press has already anointed Dean the presumptive nominee, rival candidate Wesley Clark doesn't seem to be taking notice.
Born and bred in the Maesteg area, until God called and anointed him to preach the gospel, he worked in the St John's Colliery.
If you are concentrating hard you eventually come to the conclusion that the bewildering negatives in this passage are to do with establishing the impartiality of the 'quiet but kindly determined' Sorensen when, as you learn in a later passage, he anointed Andersson as his successor at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Bush, of course, among them the odd circumstances under which Bush attained his office: He was anointed after a legal coin toss, whereas Smith was anointed after an actual coin toss.
The bow-tied columnist and television commentator is one of the anointed neoconservative spokesmen whose job is selling domestic Big Government programs and international adventurism to Middle America.
Around 1990, some powerful local players anointed Rob Birza as The Man Who Will Save Dutch Painting.
We prayed for France and Norway, anointed oil into The Seine River and fjord--and asked for the healing of their land and their country.