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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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 When British subjects in the original 13 colonies started rolling up their sleeves for the fight for independence in the 1770s, loyalist preachers hammered on a particular Bible verse from their pulpits. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous.," 15 June 2018 On Sunday mornings, the adults in the lower pews kept their eyes fixed on the pulpit, while the teenagers sat upstairs, trading handwritten notes and giggling. Meghan E. Irons, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. honed his command of the pulpit in Roxbury," 31 Mar. 2018 The church has become one of the drug war’s fiercest critics, using its pulpit to condemn the high number of killings and calling for restraint. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Clash Between Duterte and Catholic Church in Philippines Intensifies," 9 July 2018 And the union is asking faith leaders to use their pulpit to help explain the rights of civilians as well as their responsibilities during encounters with law enforcement officers. Eric Dick, Indianapolis Star, "Fraternal Order of Police wants BMV to offer training on interacting with officers," 23 May 2018 In one scene, McBath asks Schenck to use his pulpit to speak out about gun violence. Cassie Spodak, CNN, "Despite political opposition, two activists find common ground over guns," 18 May 2018 As Trump tests democratic norms, opponents must cultivate their own Twitter pulpits. Alexander Heffner, Time, "The American Historical Record Includes Court Cases, Famous Speeches—And Trump’s Tweets. Here’s Why That Matters," 2 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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