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

sermonless, adjective

2, 3. lecture. 3. harangue, tirade. Unabridged
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sermon (ˈsɜːmən)
1.  a.  an address of religious instruction or exhortation, often based on a passage from the Bible, esp one delivered during a church service
 b.  a written version of such an address
2.  a serious speech, esp one administering reproof
[C12: via Old French from Latin sermō discourse, probably from serere to join together]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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