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  • n  excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
  • n  smug self-serving earnestness
  • n  semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  • n  anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual

  • The sponging of a condemned man's head makes electrocution seem a sacrament: baptism and extreme unction in a single dab.
  • Happily, the collection has continued to grow during the intervening centuries: a shrivel of critics, an unction of undertakers (which, in larger groups, becomes an extreme .
  • During the War he was so badly wounded that he was given extreme unction.

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