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Examples of homily in a Sentence
The priest gave a brief homily on forgiveness.
We had to listen to another one of his homilies about the value of public service.
a politician with a fondness for homily
Recent Examples of homily from the Web
An inspirational pop song will play just before something goes wrong, and a homily will be followed by a rude joke.
Two hundred and fifty people had not come to this gorgeous neoclassical ballroom to hear homilies about tax brackets.
Dolan delivered his homily at the annual vigil Mass for life before many of those who had traveled for the January event that is part pilgrimage, part protest, and part celebration of human life.
In his homilies, or sermons, over the years, Curlin spoke often about his close friendship with Mother Teresa.
Readings from the Old and New Testament are delivered in both Latin and English; the homily is in English.
For the homily, Joe Biden enlisted a family friend, Father Leo O’Donovan, the former president of Georgetown University.
The musical strips out all the grit, replacing it with puerile moral homilies.
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homily Has Greek Roots
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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
HOMILY Defined for English Language Learners
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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