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preaching

[pree-ching] /ˈpri tʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or practice of a person who preaches.
2.
the art of delivering sermons.
3.
a sermon.
4.
a public religious service with a sermon.
adjective
5.
of, relating to, or resembling preaching:
a preaching tone of voice.
Origin of preaching
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English preching (gerund); see preach, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
preachingly, adverb
nonpreaching, adjective, noun
unpreaching, adjective

preach

[preech] /pritʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
2.
to deliver (a sermon).
3.
to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.
verb (used without object)
4.
to deliver a sermon.
5.
to give earnest advice, as on religious or moral subjects or the like.
6.
to do this in an obtrusive or tedious way.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English prechen < Old French pre(ë)chier < Late Latin praedicāre to preach (Latin: to assert publicly, proclaim). See predicate
Related forms
outpreach, verb (used with object)
unpreached, adjective
Synonyms
5. advocate, profess, pronounce, expound.
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Examples from the Web for preaching
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  • An old acquaintance once said to me, What are you preaching now?

  • Yet the old carpenter's preaching is, methinks, more to your taste.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • This Crandall thinks these men I fired are martyrs, and he's preaching a crusade.

    Day of the Moron Henry Beam Piper
  • Bunyan's preaching enterprise became an extraordinary success.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Thus, the doctrine which He has been preaching to the Pharisees is brought out in all its power.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
British Dictionary definitions for preaching

preach

/priːtʃ/
verb
1.
to make known (religious truth) or give religious or moral instruction or exhortation in (sermons)
2.
to advocate (a virtue, action, etc), esp in a moralizing way
Derived Forms
preachable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French prechier, from Church Latin praedicāre, from Latin: to proclaim in public; see predicate
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Word Origin and History for preaching

preach

v.

at first in late Old English predician, a loan word from Church Latin; reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from Old French preechier "to preach, give a sermon" (11c., Modern French précher), from Late Latin praedicare "to proclaim publicly, announce" (in Medieval Latin "to preach"), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + dicare "to proclaim, to say" (see diction). Related: Preached; preaching. To preach to the converted is recorded from 1867 (form preach to the choir attested from 1979).

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Idioms and Phrases with preaching

preach

In addition to the idiom beginning with preach also see: practice what you preach
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