ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

Definition of sermon

1 : a religious discourse delivered in public usually by a member of the clergy as a part of a worship service
2 : a speech on conduct or duty

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sermonic \ ˌsər-​ˈmä-​nik How to pronounce sermon (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of sermon in a Sentence

He preached a sermon on the importance of kindness. Dad gave me a sermon yesterday about doing my homework.
Recent Examples on the Web Toward the end of the sermon, the reverend looked again toward the sky as the rain had begun. Alex Putterman, Hartford Courant, 9 Apr. 2022 Curry is not afraid to put himself in the sermon — or his whole body. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2022 The pope’s Good Friday sermon at the Colosseum in Rome called for a cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine, attracting criticism from Ukrainian faith leaders who disliked that Ukrainians and Russians carried a cross together during the service. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Eid prayer is a special sermon and morning prayer in congregation on the first day of Eid. Manal Aman, Woman's Day, 4 Apr. 2022 The town laid blame on a group of Jewish residents, with no evidence except a prediction that a Christian child would be killed during Passover, made months prior during an inflammatory sermon decrying the town's Jewish population. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2022 Clips from the sermon went viral on social media, as many criticized his decision to rub his spit on another person — especially as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Oklahoma. Katie Campione,, 18 Jan. 2022 During the sermon, Locke made no apologies for speaking about demons and witchcraft. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 The sermon is over but the revival is not quite finished yet. Evan Dudley, al, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sermon

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sermon

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

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24 May 2022

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ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

Kids Definition of sermon

1 : a speech usually by a priest, minister, or rabbi for the purpose of giving religious instruction
2 : a serious talk to a person about his or her conduct

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