from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or of the nature of a homily.
  • adjective Relating to homiletics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as homiletical, 1.
  • In the style or of the nature of a homily or a sermon; hortatory; expository.
  • Of or pertaining to sermons or to homiletics; pertaining to preaching or the art of preaching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Of or pertaining to familiar intercourse; social; affable; conversable; companionable.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to homiletics; hortatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to a homily, or to homiletics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to homiletics
  • adjective of the nature of a homily or sermon


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin homīlēticus, from Greek homīlētikos, of conversation, from homīlētos, conversation, from homīlein, to converse with, from homīlos, crowd; see homily.]


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