Definition of sermon in English:

sermon

Line breaks: ser¦mon
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːmən
 
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noun

1A talk on a religious or moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a passage from the Bible: I preached my first sermon on original sin
More 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.
Synonyms
lesson;
preaching, teaching
rare peroration
2 informal A long or tedious piece of admonition or reproof; a lecture: he understood that if he said any more he would have to listen to another lengthy sermon
More 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.
Synonyms
speech, disquisition, monologue, declamation, exhortation;
informal spiel, telling-off, talking-to, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, blast, row
British informal ticking off, carpeting, rollicking, wigging
British vulgar slang bollocking
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Origin

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

Derivatives

sermonic

adjective
More 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.

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