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  • adj. Of or pertaining to sermons

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like, or appropriate to, a sermon; grave and didactic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a sermon.


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  • King's sermonic thought comes from Jesus' commissioning of the disciples in Matthew 10:16.

    Andrew Wilkes: Tough Minds And Tender Hearts: An Open Letter To Young Clergy

  • This variety of perspectives exemplifies the African-American sermonic tradition and is well represented in the capacious anthology "Preaching With Sacred Fire," edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas.

    Black Voices From the Pulpit

  • Allow me, if you will, to bring a sermonic close to a political development.

    Andrew Wilkes: Expanding the Promise: Will the Cradle-to-Career Model Overtake the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline?

  • Misconduct usually involves bigger fish than Freedom of the Pulpit; sermonic plagiarism, for instance, has brought down several ministers in the past few years.

    Freedom of the Pulpit

  • All the bring-back-values talk in the world (and we seem to have it) is not worth a thing so long as there is this split-screen moral picture: the sermonic and the real.

    The Values Split Screen

  • Pulpit Initiative to Tease the IRS iMinister was going to run for president this week, announcing her candidacy in a sermon, but this brilliant sermonic ploy was spoiled by a real life civil disobedience campaign. iMinister is annoyed.

    Pulpit Initiative to Tease the IRS

  • And I'm not so sure they're going to buy into the sermonic assertion from the president that he believes in equal rights for all citizens.

    July 2006

  • National candidates began to adopt an emotional, sermonic style in the 19th century, when evangelical Protestantism was the faith of most Americans.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • He defends the Iraq war, for instance, on sermonic moral grounds without acknowledging its huge, unplanned costs, its worrisome overstretch of America's military forces and its disastrous unintended consequences (the war has made Iran the dominant power in the Persian Gulf).

    A Man on a Mission

  • But Brother Roger's liturgical insight — his emphasis on simplicity and silence, chant, and scripture that doesn't demand sermonic explication — is central.

    Philocrites: How Jesus approached the imperfect.


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