One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soft greasy or viscous substance used as ointment or for lubrication.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Traditionally perfumes were made from plant and animal substances and prepared in the form of waters, oils, unguents, powders, and incense.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They are often used either as adornment, or as an ingredient in potions, unguents or medicaments when crushed into powder.’
- ‘With her own prescriptions and unguents, she promptly tended me.’
- ‘Rakael sighed with relief as the unguent began to take effect.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unconsciously she reached for her paints and unguents, seeking to repair the damage her instant of terror had caused to her perfect face.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I believe I have an unguent that is most efficacious in this sort of matter.’
- ‘Wine-based oils were popularly used for anointing the forehead with perfumed unguents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Hannah rubbed her with a linen cloth and a skin unguent to remove the grime of the outside world.’
- ‘As we walked through the garden, round the house, a cloud of rich aromatic oils and unguents followed him.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Ladies in Waiting, having applied the unguent, retired to the dressing chamber.’
- ‘We'll let's hope that it was tofu-pudding and not some awful unguent of similar viscosity.’
Late Middle English: from Latin unguentum, from unguere ‘anoint’.
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