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sermon

[sur-muh n] /ˈsɜr mən/
noun
1.
a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.
2.
any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.
3.
a long, tedious speech.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Medieval Latin sermōn- (stem of sermō) speech from pulpit, Latin: discourse, equivalent to ser- (base of serere to link up, organize) + -mōn- noun suffix
Related forms
sermonless, adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. lecture. 3. harangue, tirade.
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Examples for sermon
  • The sermon was a scathing arraignment of society for its mad worship of all things sinful.
  • In fact, there is a sermon type cadence and ring to this sociopathic homily.
  • Once upon a time, the good vicar was the one who preached the best sermon.
  • If you are in science do not expect a church sermon.
  • He even bets the film crew that he can give a sermon about a banana-bread recipe and no one will question him.
  • Most are threaded through with exercise, therapy and naps, staff meetings and sermon writing.
  • Because he would not write out his sermon in advance, as the course demanded.
  • According to a famous legend, he even preached a sermon to the birds.
British Dictionary definitions for sermon

sermon

/ˈsɜːmən/
noun
1.
  1. an address of religious instruction or exhortation, often based on a passage from the Bible, esp one delivered during a church service
  2. a written version of such an address
2.
a serious speech, esp one administering reproof
Derived Forms
sermonic (sɜːˈmɒnɪk), sermonical, adjective
Word Origin
C12: via Old French from Latin sermō discourse, probably from serere to join together
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Word Origin and History for sermon
sermon
c.1200, from Anglo-Fr. sermun, O.Fr. sermon, from L. sermonem (nom. sermo) "discourse, speech, talk," originally "a stringing together of words," related to serere "to join" (see series). Main sense in Eng. and Fr. is eliptical for L. sermo religiosus. Dim. form sermonette is attested from 1814.
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