homily

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noun hom·i·ly \ˈhä-mə-lē\

Definition of homily

plural

homilies

  1. 1 :  a usually short sermon a priest delivering his homily

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

  3. 3 :  an inspirational catchphrase; also :  platitude

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Examples of homily in a sentence

  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

Did You Know?

Gather around for the history of homily. The story starts with ancient Greek homilos, meaning "crowd" or "assembly." Greeks used homilos to create the verb homilein ("to consort with" or "to address"), as well as the noun homilia ("conversation"). Latin speakers borrowed homilia, then passed it on to Anglo-French. By the time it crossed into Middle English, the spelling had shifted to omelie, but by the mid-16th century the term had regained its "h" and the "y" of the modern spelling was added.

Origin and Etymology 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


HOMILY Defined for English Language Learners

homily

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noun hom·i·ly \ˈhä-mə-lē\

Definition of homily for English Language Learners

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

  • : advice that is often not wanted


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