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)
- 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, 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, 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.