from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, a sermon preached to the judges, barristers, and others attending the assizes.
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At Thetford Assizes, March, 1630, the Rev.Mr. Ramsay, in the assize-sermon, spoke indignantly of judges who "favored causes," and of "counsellors who took fees to be silent."