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

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Over and over again, Spicer used his pulpit to bully the press and ignore the facts, maintaining a dangerous precedent of dishonesty that has remained a cornerstone of the Trump administration today, to increasingly horrifying effect. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ casting is a terrible, cynical ratings grab," 22 Aug. 2019 Using his pulpit and his access to the country through social media, mass communications, and the media. Lissandra Villa/el Paso, Time, "Beto O'Rourke Finds His Voice Helping El Paso Grieve," 11 Aug. 2019 After being on the side of boyish transgression, Albinati suddenly seems like the priest in the pulpit. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 When Falwell died in 2007 at age 73, his younger son, Jonathan, took over the pulpit at Thomas Road Baptist, and Jerry Jr. took over the university — an indication of where the heart of the ministry now was. Alec Macgillis/propublica, New York Times, "How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online," 17 Apr. 2018 After the song, Melinda Pittman, a parishioner who has been at St. Francis for 30 years, took the pulpit. oregonlive.com, "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019 In 2007, Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, regularly referred to the family’s connection to the pulpit during his successful bid against Republican incumbent Ernie Fletcher. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "'It's insulting': Gov. Matt Bevin attacks Andy Beshear's faith over abortion stance," 1 Aug. 2019 This topic has had a home on Williamson’s podiums, pulpits, and pages for decades. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "Marianne Williamson has been talking about reparations for 20 years," 30 July 2019 Smart wisely addressed the Alabama elephant during his introductory statement on the main pulpit of media days. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Kirby Smart and Georgia Determined to Close the Gap on Alabama," 16 July 2019

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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 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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