from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not in the habit of preaching.

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  • verb Present participle of unpreach.


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  • He did his best, and there were none in the congregation but knew him and knew his consistent life; and although what he said was very unpreaching-like, it did not matter; the people were well pleased, and Abe was very glad when it was over.

    Little Abe Or, The Bishop of Berry Brow

  • His famous denunciation of the unpreaching prelates is an excellent instance:

    John Lyly

  • Not merely an "unpreaching prelate," he rarely said mass; his _commendams_ and absenteeism were alike violations of canon law.

    Henry VIII.

  • “If one were admitted to view hell thus, and behold it thoroughly, the devil would cry, ‘On yonder side are punished unpreaching prelates.’”

    Luther and Other Leaders of the Reformation

  • He does not hesitate, with a somewhat Dantesque severity, to lift the veil from the pit of suffering, and point to the unpreaching prelates in torments.

    Luther and Other Leaders of the Reformation

  • Therefore, you unpreaching prelates, learn of the Devil to be diligent in your office.

    History of the English People, Volume III (of 8) The Parliament, 1399-1461; The Monarchy 1461-1540

  • He is no unpreaching prelate: he is no lordly loiterer from his cure, but a busy ploughman; so that among all the prelates, and among all the pack of them that have cure, the devil shall go for my money, for he still applieth his business.

    Sermons on the Card

  • Thus came up lording loiterers: thus crept in unpreaching prelates; and so have they long continued.

    Sermons on the Card

  • Therefore, ye unpreaching prelates, learn of the devil: to be diligent in doing of your office, learn of the devil: and if you will not learn of God, nor good men, for shame learn of the devil; _ad erubescentiam vestrum dico_, "I speak it for your shame:" if you will not learn of God, nor good men, to be diligent in your office, learn of the devil.

    Sermons on the Card

  • How then hath it happened that we have had so many hundred years so many unpreaching prelates, lording loiterers, and idle ministers?

    Sermons on the Card


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