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anoint (someone/oneself) with

To touch someone or oneself with a liquid (such as oil or water). The phrase often retains its religious connotations. They will anoint my baby with chrism during her baptism today. To alleviate the inflammation in my leg, I have to anoint myself with this special cream every day.
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anoint someone with something

to pour or rub oil on a person's head as an honor or blessing; to put a liquid onto oneself. (Mostly in biblical references.) They anointed the king with oil and praised him greatly. He anointed himself with a menthol rub that was meant to help his cold symptoms.
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In the UK you can only become a king or queen through birth or by marriage, unlike in Cameroon, where you can be anointed by way of a "sacred" ceremony.
She added: "To be anointed is something I was told is extremely rare.
In the baptismal rite the oil is used with the words "as Christ was anointed priest, prophet, and king, so may you live always as a member of his Body, sharing everlasting life.
The congregation comes forward and creates a chain of hands upon the person that is being anointed.
Despite the IPL Twenty20 competition being embroiled in allegations of illegal betting and spot-fixing, including against Srinivasan's son-in-law, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed that Srinivasan would go to Melbourne and was expected to be anointed ICC chairman.
Since the time of Gregory the Great, Western church tradition has conflated the four anointing stories, typically resulting in a narrative in which Jesus is anointed immediately before his death by Mary Magdalene, who is depicted as a prostitute.
His diagnosis can be aptly summarized by his felicitous phrase "the vision of the anointed," the title of one of his previous books.
I had to remind Michael that I am one of God's anointed people.
In the Sacrament of the sick, parts of our body are anointed with oil.
After all, he was personally anointed by VW's uber-leader, Ferdinand Piech, who controls VW's Supervisory Board and also happens to be the automaker's largest shareholder thanks to his pedigree as the scion of the Porsche family, which now controls 21.
The only anointed head of the Church of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Once you identify someone as heir apparent, it puts undue pressure on the anointed one and discourages those who haven't been anointed," says Robert MacDonald, chairman and former CEO of Allianz Life Insurance of North America in Minneapolis.
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.
More than a decade ago, Chalabi was anointed by Washington to be head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), that nation's government-in-exile.