homiletic

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adjective hom·i·let·ic \ˌhä-mə-ˈle-tik\

Definition of homiletic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or resembling a homily

  2. 2 :  of or relating to homiletics; also :  preachy

Examples of homiletic in a sentence

  1. <tends to speak in homiletic aphorisms, which can be a little tiresome>

Did You Know?

Homiletic came to us by way of Latin from Greek homilētikos, meaning "affable" or "social." "Homilētikos" came from homilein, meaning "to talk with," "to address," or "to make a speech," which in turn came from "homilos," the Greek word for "crowd" or "assembly." "Homilos" and "homilein" also gave English, by way of Latin homilia and French omelie, the word homily, which is used for a short sermon, a lecture on a moral theme, and for an inspirational catchphrase or platitude. Like "homily," the English word homiletic focuses on the morally instructive nature of a discourse. "Homiletic" can also be used derogatorily in the sense of "preachy."

Variants of homiletic

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homiletical

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Origin and Etymology of homiletic

Late Latin homileticus, from Greek homilētikos of conversation, from homilein


First Known Use: 1644



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