Meaning of anele in English:


Pronunciation /əˈniːl/


[with object] archaic
  • Anoint (someone), especially as part of the Christian rite of giving extreme unction to the dying.

    ‘a priest would anele those whose sickness threatened them with a speedy death’
    • ‘And so soon after that she was aneled she departed and yielded up her spirit into the hands of our Lord.’
    • ‘So when he was houseled and aneled, and had all that a Christian man ought to have, he prayed the hermit that his fellows might bear his body to Joyous Garde.’
    • ‘D. West exhorted her to receuye their sacrament, and to be aneled, for he said, she was stronge enough for it. & c. Vnto whom she aunswered, that she was able and stronge enough to receyue it in dede, but she would not, for that it is abhominable. & c.’
    • ‘As Greenblatt observes, ‘Purgatory, along with theological language of communion, deathbed confession, and anointing (aneling), while compatible with a Christian (and, specifically, a Catholic) call for remembrance, is utterly incompatible with a Senecan call for vengeance’.’
    smear with oil, rub with oil, apply oil to, spread oil over


Middle English from an- ‘on’ + archaic elien ‘to oil’ (from Old English ele, from Latin oleum ‘oil’).