- 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 sinMore 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.
- 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 sermonMore example sentences
lecture, tirade, harangue, diatribe; speech, disquisition, monologue, declamation, exhortation; reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure• informal spiel, telling-off, talking-to, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, blast, rowBritish • vulgar slang bollocking• dated rating
- 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.
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- 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.
Middle English (also in the sense 'speech, discourse'): from Old French, from Latin sermo(n-) 'discourse, talk'.