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Extreme unction in the Roman Catholic Church, a former name for the sacrament of anointing of the sick, especially when administered to the dying.

extremes meet opposite extremes have much in common. The saying recorded in English from the mid 18th century, but is found earlier in mid 17th-century French, in Pascal's Pensées, ‘les extrèmes se touchent [extremes meet].’

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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