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sermon Syllabification: ser·mon
Pronunciation: /ˈsərmən/

Definition of sermon in English:


1A talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible.
Example sentences
  • Whether those attending religious services understand a sermon is evidently unimportant.
  • Pastors' wives were known to preach sermons and conduct services whenever the pastor was serving another church within his multiple-congregation assignment.
  • This perspective has ramifications for the counseling ministry of the church, for sermons and Christian education and for the life of Christians in communities of faith.
1.1 informal A long or tedious piece of admonition or reproof; a lecture.
Example sentences
  • What's often missing in these tedious sermons is the fun of these ads, the ridiculous enthusiasm and vivacity, and an appreciation for the artistry evident in every ad.
  • This unpretentious poetess does not go about lecturing or delivering sermons in high places.
  • Here's the crazed part: Despite such sober trends, the Times piece quickly turned into a sermon.
lecture, tirade, harangue, diatribe;
speech, disquisition, monologue;
formal castigation


Middle English (also in the sense 'speech, discourse'): from Old French, from Latin sermo(n-) 'discourse, talk'.



Pronunciation: /sərˈmänik/
Example sentences
  • Her voice was sermonic, hoarse from complaint.
  • Besides sermonic techniques, she would have learned what was and was not acceptable as material for her prospective audience and how her strategies might be used to greatest effect.
  • He illustrates his comments with brief sermonic examples.

Words that rhyme with sermon

Burman, firman, German, Herman, Sherman

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