chrism – Wiktionary


A jar containing chrism (consecrated oil)


From Medieval Latin crisma, from Ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Historic Greek χρῖσμα (khrîsma, anointing”, “unction), from χρίω (khríō, anoint).



chrism (countable and uncountable, plural chrisms)

  1. A mix of oil and balm, consecrated to be used as an anointing fluid in sure Christian ceremonies, particularly affirmation.
    • 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy within the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), revealed 1972, web page 352:

      A reinforcement of contemporary troops staggered in, one man soaked and dripping, his hair sticky with the chrism of poured beer, one other together with his pockets filled with sauce-bottles.

    • 1982, A. G. Dickens, Reformation Research, web page 305, footnote,
      I observe no affirmation of this reversal and Pole particularly restored chrisms in 1555 (Cardwell, op. cit. i. 147).
    • 1984, Anthony Burgess, Enderby’s Darkish Girl:

      ‘The King,’ Will cried, ‘is my grasp and bathed within the chrism of the Lord God.’

    • 1986, Thomas G. Pavel, Fictional Worlds[1], web page 111:

      For Christian examples of condensed symbols, think about the sacraments, notably the Eucharist and the Chrisms.

    • 2000, Joseph O’Neill, The Black Shore[2], web page 62:

      He was extra harmful than the plump glad ones, he was so positive of the worth of his witchcraft, the holy oils and chrisms and unctions.

    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Nice Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 8:
      Miraculously moist, the chrism was saved in an ampulla in Reims cathedral the place the coronations of the kings of France had been held.

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