American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A religious discourse delivered as part of a church service.
- n. An often lengthy and tedious speech of reproof or exhortation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A speech, discourse, or writing.
- n. A discourse delivered by a clergyman, licentiate, or other person, for the purpose of religious instruction and edification, during divine service, usually founded upon or in elucidation of some text or passage of Scripture.
- n. Hence.
- n. A written dissertation of similar character.
- n. Any serious address on a moral or religious theme, whether delivered or published, by a clergyman or by a layman: as, a lay sermon.
- n. Any serious exhortation, counsel, or reproof: usually in an admonitory or reprobatory sense.
- n. Synonyms Sermon, Homily, Exhortation. Sermon is the standard word for a formal address on a religious subject, founded upon a text of Scripture. Homily is an old word for the same thing, especially for an exposition of doctrine, but is now more often used for a conversational address, shorter than a sermon, of much directness and seriousness, perhaps upon a point of duty. Exhortation is occasionally used for a religious address appealing to one's conscience or calling one to the performance of duty in general or some specific duty.
- To discourse of, as in a sermon.
- To tutor; lecture.
- To compose or deliver a sermon; discourse.
- n. religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter
- n. a lengthy speech of reproval
- v. poetic, obsolete To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.
- v. poetic, obsolete To tutor; to lecture.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A discourse or address; a talk; a writing.
- n. Specifically, a discourse delivered in public, usually by a clergyman, for the purpose of religious instruction and grounded on some text or passage of Scripture.
- n. Hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily; -- often in a depreciatory sense.
- v. obsolete To speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon.
- v. obsolete To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.
- v. Poetic To tutor; to lecture.
- n. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
- n. a moralistic rebuke
- Latin sermō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sermō, sermōn-, discourse; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This sermon is an explanation to his followers on how to act justly in order to gain their Salvation.”
“No audio podcast of my sermon is available but my sermon notes can be downloadedhere.”
“This sermon is as bad for Hillary as the siko sermons that Obama had to listen too!”
“Giving a sermon is a very interesting thing to do.”
“Giving a sermon is a new experience for me but I am glad I have done it.”
“Dearly beloved," said Peter, "my sermon is about the bad place – in short, about hell.”
“In his jumbled jargon, which he called a sermon -- that mixture of quotations from the "Lives of Saints" mingled with horrible obscenities -- he had referred to the terrible rumours.”
“Wass that what you call a sermon?" said Lachlan Campbell, without other greeting.”
“Here we have that which Isaiah saw, which was represented to his mind as clearly and fully as if he had seen it with his bodily eyes; but the particular inscription of this sermon is the burden of Babylon.”
“But that "sermon" is pretty much an accurate portrayal of what happened.”
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