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homily

[hom-uh-lee] /ˈhɒm ə li/
noun, plural homilies.
1.
a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctrinal nature.
2.
an admonitory or moralizing discourse.
3.
an inspirational saying or cliché.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin homīlia < Greek homīlía assembly, sermon, equivalent to hómīl(os) crowd (hom() together + -īlos, masculine combining form of ī́lē (feminine) crowd) + -ia -y3; replacing Middle English omelie < Middle French < Latin, as above
Can be confused
homely, homily.
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  • Similarly, the preparation and delivery of sermons or homilies are tasks that nearly all applicants have performed.
  • The homilies are not complex investigations of theology.
  • So do samplers bearing homilies that the impoverished scenery seems to belie.
  • Social engineering is not surgery, however, and its victims find little comfort in the homilies of its authors.
British Dictionary definitions for homilies

homily

/ˈhɒmɪlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic
2.
moralizing talk or writing
Derived Forms
homilist, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin homīlia, from Greek: discourse, from homilein to converse with, from homilos crowd, from homou together + ilē crowd
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Word Origin and History for homilies

homily

n.

late 14c., omelye, from Old French omelie (12c., Modern French homélie), from Church Latin homilia "a homily, sermon," from Greek homilia "conversation, discourse," used in New Testament Greek for "sermon," from homilos "an assembled crowd," from homou "together" (from PIE *somo-, from root *sem- (1) "one, as one, together with;" see same) + ile "troop" (cognate with Sanskrit melah "assembly," Latin miles "soldier"). Latinate form restored in English 16c.

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