American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To proclaim or put forth in a sermon: preached the gospel.
- v. To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with: preached tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
- v. To deliver (a sermon).
- v. To deliver a sermon.
- v. To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a public announcement; especially, to pronounce a public discourse upon a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; deliver a sermon.
- To give earnest advice, especially on religious or moral subjects; also, to give advice obtrusively on religious or moral matters.
- To proclaim as a herald; declare; make known; publish.
- To inculcate (especially religious or moral truth or right conduct) in public or private discourse.
- To deliver, as a public religious discourse; pronounce, as a sermon.
- To affect by preaching, in a manner indicated by the context: as, to preach one into a penitent or a rebellious mood.
- To silence or suppress by preaching: as, to preach down unbelief.
- n. A sermon; a religious discourse.
- v. Give a sermon.
- v. Advocate or support verbally in an insisting, urging, or inciting manner.
- n. obsolete A religious discourse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon.
- v. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
- v. To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue.
- v. To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching.
- v. To deliver or pronounce.
- v. rare To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching.
- v. To advise or recommend earnestly.
- n. obsolete A religious discourse.
- v. speak, plead, or argue in favor of
- v. deliver a sermon
- Middle English prechen, from Old French precchier (Modern French prêcher), from Latin praedicāre, present active infinitive of praedicō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English prechen, from Old French preechier, from Late Latin praedicāre, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Also the fact that they don't live what they preach is as hypocritical as it gets.”
“Just because there are more tolerant attitudes in those countries, does not mean that there are no individuals such as those in churches and who preach from the pulpit who cause the internalization of grief and guilt.”
“Many years later, Ronnie told a reporter, All I can preach is school.”
“Two weeks ago Mr Qarase was ordained as a Methodist lay preacher hours after he was challenged by a Tongan minister who warned of more coups in Fiji if its leaders did not preach from the pulpit.”
“Either God, as they preach, is looking out for us, or we are doomed anyway.”
“However what he was trying to preach is not incorrect and is well withing his constitutional right of freedom of speech.”
“Obama's only credential is that he learned how to preach from a pulpit from his mentor guru Rev. Wright and people like you bought it.”
“Your readers relate to your own life experiences far better than those writers who preach from the pulpit.”
“It is also not surprising that the author would think that a minister would preach from the altar, this probably being the first time he has been in a Christian church.”
“A lot of what Right Wing Christian pastors preach is just plain wrong.”
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