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homily

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noun hom·i·ly \ˈhä-mə-lē\

Simple Definition of homily

  • : a usually short talk on a religious or moral topic

  • : advice that is often not wanted

Full Definition of homily

plural hom·i·lies

  1. 1 :  a usually short sermon

  2. 2 :  a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme

  3. 3 :  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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