noun \ˈhä-mə-lē\

: a usually short talk on a religious or moral topic

: advice that is often not wanted

plural hom·i·lies

Full Definition of HOMILY

:  a usually short sermon
:  a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme
:  an inspirational catchphrase; also :  platitude

Examples of HOMILY

  1. The priest gave a brief homily on forgiveness.
  2. We had to listen to another one of his homilies about the value of public service.
  3. a politician with a fondness for homily

Origin of HOMILY

Middle English omelie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin homilia, from Late Greek, from Greek, conversation, discourse, from homilein to consort with, address, from homilos crowd, assembly; akin to Greek homos same — more at same
First Known Use: 14th century

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