sermon

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noun ser·mon \ˈsər-mən\

Definition of sermon

  1. 1 :  a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a member of the clergy as a part of a worship service

  2. 2 :  a speech on conduct or duty

sermonic

play \ˌsər-ˈmä-nik\ adjective

Examples of sermon in a Sentence

  1. He preached a sermon on the importance of kindness.

  2. Dad gave me a sermon yesterday about doing my homework.

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Origin and Etymology of sermon

Middle English, from Anglo-French sermun, from Medieval Latin sermon-, sermo, from Latin, speech, conversation, from serere to link together — more at series


SERMON Defined for English Language Learners

sermon

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Definition of sermon for English Language Learners

  • : a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader

  • : a serious talk about how someone should behave


SERMON Defined for Kids

sermon

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noun ser·mon \ˈsər-mən\

Definition of sermon for Students

  1. 1 :  a speech usually by a priest, minister, or rabbi for the purpose of giving religious instruction

  2. 2 :  a serious talk to a person about his or her conduct



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