(v. t.) To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
(v. t.) To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
(p. p.) Anointed.
(1) The anointed heir, Xi Jinping , commanded less attention than former general secretary Jiang Zemin, seated next to current leader Hu Jintao.
(2) An hour later, Corbyn, looking cheerful and well-rested, makes his way with difficulty by bicycle through the crowds in the Mall to the palace, where he is to be anointed.
(3) After all, every veto holder had attacked another country in defiance of the charter, but no one had ever disputed the alleged Westphalian right of each anointed thug to mistreat his "own" people.
(4) And he expounded his new vision – a United States of Africa, with Sirte as its capital, and himself as its self-anointed king of kings.
(5) And having got in, many of the newly anointed global leaders don't seem willing to widen the net further.
(6) It likes to back a winner and, remarkably, it always manages to secure a level of payback from whichever party it chooses to anoint that goes way beyond its value to them.
(7) Did it originate with the pet peeve of a self-anointed maven?
(8) Bill Kristol thinks Walker’s showing “ basic talent, hard work and real improvement .” And Bill Kristol has only run Dan Quayle’s office, anointed Sarah Palin and been wrong about every single step of the Middle East at every point of the timeline like a Shrödinger’s Cat exercise in being a moron.
(9) The apparently successful launch will have bolstered the credentials of North Korea's 29-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un, who was anointed last year after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.
(10) Carwyn Jones will remain first minister but his anointment threatened to be overshadowed by a sexism row after Ukip’s leader at the assembly, the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton , branded two senior female assembly members “political concubines” and called Plaid a “cheap date”.
(11) The financial turmoil at St George’s University hospital, London – just one month after it was anointed with foundation status – is troubling evidence that the NHS’s financial systems are not good enough.
(12) Last week, Leahy announced he was planning to retire in March after 14 years in charge and the current head of the international business Philip Clarke was anointed chief executive designate.
(13) In Greece Papademos was sworn in, anointed by the Archbishop of Athens.
(14) Nor was there any " symbolic anointing " of him in anyone's mind other than his own.)
(15) Democrats in Iowa have reservations about Clinton , and are hostile to the idea that their role is simply to anoint the candidate-in-waiting whom they rejected eight years ago.
(16) It is clear that ingestion of anointing oil is dangerous; even topically, significant absorption of naphthalene may occur especially in infants, as it is oil-based.
(17) Britain’s fastest-growing city is not, strictly speaking, an official city, mysteriously overlooked by government officials who anoint less significant places, but its residents have always called it one.
(18) Dozens of Tea Party supporters appeared outside the inn, anointing this rural spot, 20 miles from the nearest town, Asheville, as a symbolic battleground.
(19) There is a certain duty that comes with being the anointed purveyor of truth.
(20) Poulter was recently anointed one of Hollywood’s impressive youth, included in Vanity Fair’s “next wave” issue in June, and won Bafta’s rising star award in February.
(a.) Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
(a.) Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
(a.) Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.
(1) Early opportunities to indulge his skill for making unctuousness compelling came in the roles of a school snitch in the Al Pacino vehicle Scent of a Woman (1992), for which Hoffman auditioned five times.
(2) Trump, when asked last December which president he most admires, did not pay the usual unctuous tribute to Lincoln, Kennedy or Reagan, but said that his role model was James Marshall.
(3) Already irritated with Speaker John Bercow for being long-winded, unctuous and perceptibly anti-Conservative in the House of Commons, the idea that his Labour-supporting wife would go on the programme's Channel 5 reincarnation had been a red rag to the proverbial.
(4) Disease, birth-defects and chronic illnesses are all part and parcel of an unregulated industry that operates outside the range of global media but with the full complicity of the Nigerian government that wants nothing whatsoever to upset its unctuous cash-cow.
(5) That your jaw is wired open, and you're being spoonfed thick, unctuous vomit from a large tureen forged from glimmering, gilded rubbish.
(6) These things are driven by rolling, unctuous television telling people a great event is unfolding, focusing on the few hysterics in tears and not the many who come to feel their pain.
(7) Just as he had (arguably) revolutionised TV satire, making it threatening to, rather than complicit with, the establishment, here he was changing the nature of the TV interview: unctuous deference was out; aggression and scepticism were in.
(8) But there's no doubt who left amid the biggest slurp of unctuous adulation.
(9) Listening to the voluptuous precision with which he articulated his dream of feasting "on the swelling, unctuous paps of a fat, pregnant sow", it was good to be reminded of the matchless clarity of the Richardson voice which remains one of the great treasures of my theatre-going lifetime.
(10) Despite the ongoing threat to national sanity posed by The X Factor, such pop is no longer the embarrassing province of the unctuous boyband, or pitched strictly at the tweenage market.
(11) This dish is the opposite of all those things: sinfully rich, full of butter, served with unctuous roasting juices on top.
(12) So, the trick is either to catch the meat before the muscle cells burst, or leave it in the oven for ages until everything reaches an unctuous softness.
(13) History’s first overtly gay Disney character, it turns out, is LeFou, unctuous manservant to preening, hyper-macho villain Gaston – an underling who, in Condon’s words, “on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston”.
(14) This is said often, even in this unctuous week - and yet still it does not permeate.
(15) Pointlessly suffixed to a retweet to indicate earnest accord, "<THIS" is really nothing but an unctuous tagnut.
(16) The pintxos are chalked up on a board and cooked to order: an unctuous risotto of mushrooms and idiazabal (a Basque cheese), garlic soup with pig's ear, braised veal cheeks in wine or a bacalao (salt cod) taco.
(17) But the haphazard canals criss-crossing it were still full of thick, unctuous water with a rainbow film on top, and white paint on the birch tree trunks could not cover the black trace of oil, Greenpeace says.
(18) We may be sure that the MP for Clacton has never trimmed his views for political advantage; nor has he begun a question with the unctuous phrase “May I congratulate my right honourable friend…” I know from experience that the role of an independent MP comes with its disadvantages.
(19) The always-packed tapas bar Casa Revuelta dishes up the city’s pre-eminent pinchos de bacalao – piping-hot, fist-size nuggets of flaky, unctuous cod (€2.80).
(20) Despite unctuous protests about good taste, there is an audience for this fight, a considerably bigger one than there had been before they came to blows in front of the cameras and some distance from a referee.