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[sur-muh n] /ˈsɜr mən/
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.
any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.
a long, tedious speech.
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
2, 3. lecture. 3. harangue, tirade. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sermons
  • Radiant sermons are forced to dance with vile headlines.
  • And now it's happening during sermons and university lectures and family arguments, too.
  • His voice and manner helped him more than his sermons.
  • Writing many words or papers or sermons crammed full of nonsense still leaves you with nonsense.
  • The former would be more inclined to preach the virtues of physics, the latter would more inclined to take such sermons to heart.
  • In his sermons and letters, he frequently enforces the obligation of alms-deeds.
  • None of his sermons have reached us, though it was in them that he chiefly exerted his zeal and eloquence.
  • And he tried to address people's practical problems in his sermons.
  • But his anti-authoritarian sermons could almost always make you laugh.
  • Each morning he preached sermons to the settlers living below.
British Dictionary definitions for sermons


  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
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 sermons



c.1200, sarmun, "a discourse upon a text of scripture; what is preached," from Anglo-French sermun, Old French sermon "speech, words, discourse; church sermon, homily" (10c.), from Latin sermonem (nominative sermo) "continued speech, conversation; common talk, rumor; learned talk, discourse; manner of speaking, literary style," originally "a stringing together of words," from PIE *ser-mo-, suffixed form of root *ser- (3) "to line up, join" (see series).

Main modern sense in English and French is elliptical for Latin sermo religiosus. In transferred (non-religious) use from 1590s. The Sermon on the Mount is in 5,6,7 Matt. and 6 Luke. Related: Sermonic; sermonical; sermonish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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