pul·​pit | \ˈpu̇l-ˌpit, ˈpəl-, -pət\

Definition of pulpit 

1 : an elevated platform or high reading desk used in preaching or conducting a worship service

2a : the preaching profession

b : a preaching position

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John Hagee, the influential pastor of the Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio and the founder of Christians United for Israel, gave one possible explanation on his pulpit in late November 2016, soon after Trump’s surprise victory. Liya Rechtman, BostonGlobe.com, "When the apocalypse is a feature, not a bug," 12 May 2018 There are more than 40 varieties of caladiums, which are in the jack-in-the pulpit family. Bonnie Gross, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Local color: Lake Placid Caladium Festival," 3 July 2018 Her pulpit gravitas would have brought down the house at a political convention. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Oprah Earned This Museum Show. And It’s a Potent Spectacle.," 21 June 2018 At pulpits across the country this weekend, pastors, priests, rabbis and imams gave impassioned sermons, fiercely denouncing the morality of the U.S. government separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Why many white evangelicals are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border," 18 June 2018 That’s what church congregations in New England and elsewhere have been told from the pulpit by advocates for the ecumenical Christian group. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Leading hunger relief charity challenged on its claim of low costs," 2 June 2018 The forest floor was dotted with native plants including mayapples, wood violets and jack-in-the-pulpits. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 After the meeting, Mr. Binion decided to make the information about the crusade available to his church but to not promote it from the pulpit. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Is Trump Racist? Is There a Double Standard? California Pastors Debate.," 2 June 2018 These are the arguments at play; these are the norms that the White House, and its heavy pulpit, are attempting to solidify. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When the White House Is a Safe Space," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of pulpit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pulpit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pulpitum, from Latin, staging, platform

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English Language Learners Definition of pulpit

: a raised platform where a priest or minister stands when leading a worship service


pul·​pit | \ˈpu̇l-ˌpit \

Kids Definition of pulpit

1 : a raised place in which a clergyman stands while preaching or conducting a religious service

2 : the profession of preachers

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