1. A consecrated mixture of oil and balsam, used for anointing in church sacraments such as baptism and confirmation. Also called holy oil.
2. A sacramental anointing, especially upon confirmation into the Eastern Orthodox Church.
[Middle English crisme, chrism, chrisom, from Old English crisma, from Latin chrīsma, from Greek khrīsma, an anointing, from khrīein, to anoint; see ghrēi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
chrismal (krĭzməl) adj.
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