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

  • noun The act of preaching.
  • noun A tiresome or unwelcome moral lecture or discourse; tedious sermonizing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sermon; a lecture upon moral or religious subjects; hence, in contempt, any discourse affectedly solemn, or full of obtrusive or tedious advice.

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

  • noun A religious harangue; a sermon; -- used derogatively.

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

  • noun An instance of preaching; a sermon or homily

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

  • noun a sermon on a moral or religious topic


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  • I am afraid that may he a popular slogan, that it captures the fancy of Main Street and Babbitry, but sooner or later our fellow citizens have to learn that that sort of preachment is demagogic and ruinous (Hear, hear.) (Applause.)

    The World Crisis and the Outlook 1932

  • Can you bear with such a long answer to your letter, and forbear calling it a 'preachment'?

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) 1907

  • Can you bear with such a long answer to your letter, and forbear calling it a 'preachment'?

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Kenyon, Frederic G 1898

  • The first grand lesson for you to learn (you must have patience with a little more "preachment") is that the beauty of your building cannot be thrust upon it, but must be born with it, must be an inseparable part of it, the result and evidence of its real worth.

    Homes and How to Make Them 1875

  • In a way, it was almost as immoral as the far-famed and notorious "Message to Garcia," while in its pernicious preachment of thrift and content it ran "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" a close second.


  • But class animosity in the political world is the preachment of the revolutionists.

    Revolution 2010

  • One Bar Boy at the University Club to embark on his great preachment revival.


  • Standing, barefooted in the dew-lush grass of spring on the Minnesota farm, chilblained when of frosty mornings I fed the cattle in their breath-steaming stalls, sobered to fear and awe of the splendor and terror of God when I sat of Sundays under the rant and preachment of the New Jerusalem and the agonies of hell-fire.

    Chapter 6 2010

  • It is the prime preachment of socialism that the struggle is a class struggle.

    Preface 2010

  • Much Saxon remembered of that mad preachment, much she guessed and felt, and much had been beyond her experience and understanding.

    CHAPTER IV 2010


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