Definition of homily in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhäməlē/

noun (plural homilies)

1A religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction; a sermon.
Example sentences
  • The conclave opens with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, including a key homily stressing the particular challenges facing the next pope.
  • I had seen him on October 22, 1978, in his first homily as pope, admonishing and encouraging the whole of humanity to be not afraid.
  • The spammed messages were sometimes accompanied by a religious homily or endorsement.
sermon, lecture, discourse, address, lesson, talk, speech, oration
1.1A tedious moralizing discourse: she delivered her homily about the need for patience
More example sentences
  • Indeed, he now regularly appears at right-wing seminars and lectures to deliver his homilies on the President's failings as a man and as a leader.
  • What is wrong is the inability to resist the temptation of delivering a moralistic little homily when someone does take out one of your seductively promoted loans.
  • The next day the Chancellor went to the Mansion House, probably in the same creased suit, and delivered his annual homily on the state of the economy.



Pronunciation: /ˈhämələst/
Example sentences
  • St. Ephrem, one of the most renowned and lyrical homilists of the Eastern Church, beautifully described the praise of God flowing from us like a wellspring of water.
  • He's an excellent, edifying, and courageous homilist; he never waters down the Gospel message to suit modern sensibilities.
  • The guest homilist was Fr. Dermot Burns, Parish Priest of Straide, Co. Mayo.


Late Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Greek, 'discourse, conversation' (in ecclesiastical use, 'sermon'), from homilos 'crowd'.

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