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[preech-muh nt] /ˈpritʃ mənt/
the act of preaching.
a sermon or other discourse, especially when obtrusive or tedious.
Origin of preachment
1300-50; Middle English prechement < Old French preë(s)chement < Medieval Latin praedicāmentum speech; see predicament Unabridged
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  • Kindness breaks down barriers that preachment or argument would only cause to close the tighter.

    After Prison - What? Maud Ballington Booth
  • I have a reason, a new one, for this preachment upon a text you have given me.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His whole conception is a preachment over the infection of all history up to the present time with the original sin.

  • She has no preachment to offer and utters no rubbish on the subject of life and the problem.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • The above rules embody our preachment on individual hygiene.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • He may talk as if there were an iron determinism, but his practice is better than his preachment.

    A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann
  • In general terms, it may be said that the time has not arrived to make a preachment "on the passing of eserin and pilocarpin."

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

  • Let it not be suspected for one moment that all this is merely a preachment on the question of morals.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • To live with Muriel was a preachment, as I have often had occasion since to find.

    Constance Sherwood Lady Georgiana Fullerton
British Dictionary definitions for preachment


the act of preaching
a tedious or pompous sermon or discourse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for preachment

late 14c., "a preaching;" earlier "an annoying or tedious speech" (c.1300); see preach (v.) + -ment. Related: Preachments.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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