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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
In someone else's hands, such an observation might feel like an off-the-shelf homily.
Religious homilies and paranoid exhortations spill from television sets where cartoons of men trapped in endlessly whirring machines dance dishearteningly.
A ceremony to bless the tartans and the families represented by the cloth follows a brief homily.
An intermediate layer of flashbacks finds Offred, Moira and a class of future handmaids at a re-education center being indoctrinated, with homilies and a cattle prod, by Aunt Lydia (a coolly imperious Ann Dowd).
In contrast, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a controversial 2006 homily that criticized Islam as a faith prone to violence and was roundly criticized by Muslims.
During the Mass, the Gospel and the homily were in English, followed by an on-the-spot translation into North Slavey.
Under normal circumstances, there is truth in these civic homilies.
Pastor Moses Sangha and Pastor Richard Keller, a retired Methodist minister, will lead informal services that include singing, praying and a brief homily.
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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
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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