extreme unction

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extreme unction:

see anointing of the sickanointing of the sick,
sacrament of the Orthodox Eastern Church and the Roman Catholic Church, formerly known as extreme unction. In it a sick or dying person is anointed on eyes, ears, nostrils, lips, hands, feet, and sometimes, in the case of men, the loins, by a priest while
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extreme unction

Roman Catholic sacrament given to a person in danger of dying. [Christianity: RHD, 506]
See: Death

extreme unction

(last rites) anointing at the hour of death, sacrament of Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church. [Christianity: NCE, 689]
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