One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft greasy or viscous substance used as ointment or for lubrication.
- ‘Hannah rubbed her with a linen cloth and a skin unguent to remove the grime of the outside world.’
- ‘He often claimed that the gods had given men an easy life but that it had been spoiled by their seeking after honey, cheese cakes and unguents.’
- ‘As we walked through the garden, round the house, a cloud of rich aromatic oils and unguents followed him.’
- ‘With her own prescriptions and unguents, she promptly tended me.’
- ‘I believe I have an unguent that is most efficacious in this sort of matter.’
- ‘The Ladies in Waiting, having applied the unguent, retired to the dressing chamber.’
- ‘You have a bathroom full of oils, unguents and miracle products that you are always forgetting to use, but now is the time to go into high-maintenance overdrive.’
- ‘The bathroom is filled with soothing, perfumed unguents, strangely shaped tools for massage, oils, candles, a luxury indulgence which can only be matched by Harrods!’
- ‘So don't indulge in a 40-minute luxurious soak, using up all the hot water and most of the host's nicest unguents, and then wonder why everyone's a bit tight-lipped.’
- ‘Wine-based oils were popularly used for anointing the forehead with perfumed unguents.’
- ‘Rakael sighed with relief as the unguent began to take effect.’
- ‘The past few days have been a blur of phone calls, and emails, and arrangements, and fidgety trips to drugstores looking for pills, unguents and toiletries in the tiniest conceivable packages.’
- ‘As expected, the shower facilities were well-stocked with towels and lotions and unguents of all sorts, spotlessly clean, and brightly lit, in a welcoming, warmly incandescent kind of way.’
- ‘So many of these trendy new unguents are one-hit wonders, while others survive the tyranny of being fashionable and come to be favourite companions for all time.’
- ‘They are often used either as adornment, or as an ingredient in potions, unguents or medicaments when crushed into powder.’
- ‘And the constipation that comes with this diet gives them even more excuse to hog the bathroom, when they're not applying unguents from one of the new lines of male cosmetics, that is.’
- ‘We'll let's hope that it was tofu-pudding and not some awful unguent of similar viscosity.’
- ‘Traditionally perfumes were made from plant and animal substances and prepared in the form of waters, oils, unguents, powders, and incense.’
- ‘Unconsciously she reached for her paints and unguents, seeking to repair the damage her instant of terror had caused to her perfect face.’
- ‘Then there are the more obvious drawbacks in dating out of your age group, such as the fight for space in a medicine cabinet already stuffed with unguents for sore muscles and receding gums.’
Late Middle English: from Latin unguentum, from unguere ‘anoint’.
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