What does the word unction mean?

Usage examples for unction

  1. This king had no unction nor blessing, save from the hand of Vortigern alone. – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  2. Guibert of Nogent relates, for instance, that when Landric, elected Bishop of Noyon, was receiving episcopal unction, the text of the Gospel foreshadowed evil-" A sword shall pierce through thine own soul also." – Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe by Sabine Baring-Gould