pul·​pit | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌpit How to pronounce pulpit (audio) , 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

Examples of pulpit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the pulpit, Mr. Warnock has positioned himself as a moral compass for government. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock, From the Pulpit to Politics, Doesn’t Shy From ‘Uncomfortable’ Truths," 2 Jan. 2021 Warnock’s message taps into a long tradition of activism in Savannah’s Black church, which includes crossing over from the pulpit to politics. Timothy Pratt, The New Republic, "Can Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock Make History?," 28 Dec. 2020 In one ad, clips of Warnock in the pulpit appear interspersed with clips of President Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright, misconstruing the content and meaning of both men's comments. NBC News, "For Black pastors, calling out racism is standard. It's become a weapon for Warnock's opponent.," 14 Dec. 2020 Several wooden circles, each one larger than the previous, surround the rabbi’s pulpit. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Outside of Israel, Monaco has highest ratio of world’s Jews," 6 Oct. 2020 In January 1966, King first voiced opposition to the Vietnam War from the Ebenezer pulpit by casting U.S. military escalation in the region as a violation of the 1954 Geneva Accords that promised self-determination. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Rev. Raphael Warnock's allies warn of backlash in Georgia Senate runoff race over sermon attacks," 4 Dec. 2020 Some are preaching about mental health from the pulpit for the first time. Aneri Pattani, CNN, "Black churches enlist mental health pros to support community," 30 Nov. 2020 Toni Kennedy read proclamations from the city and the state that were projected on a screen near the pulpit. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "New Light Baptist Church celebrates 150-year anniversary with celebratory caravan," 23 Nov. 2020 Tucker used his weekly news conference as a pulpit to deliver that message to his current team, incoming Spartans and upcoming prospects. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker to Michigan State football players: Give effort or get out," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of pulpit was in the 14th century

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11 Jan 2021

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“Pulpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulpit. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce pulpit (audio) \

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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