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 sermonic (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 A month after Martins’s sermon at the True Grapevine, Antônio had yet to move into the rehab center. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Friday sermons at the mosque mainly revolve around the decades-old Kashmir conflict, in which rebels have demanded an independent Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan, which administers half of the territory. Washington Post, "Prayer at Kashmir’s biggest mosque for 1st time in 4 months," 18 Dec. 2019 The opening, in which Eckhart delivers an epoch-defining sermon in 1318 at the cathedral of Our Lady in Strasbourg, is especially beautifully rendered. John Timpane,, "'Dangerous Mystic': A true, gripping tale of a man's perilous search for God," 6 Apr. 2018 The Cottage Grove campus is home to a small, tight-knit community, where members of the congregation lead their own sermons and sing traditional hymns. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "A church made headlines for allegedly asking older members to leave. But the reality is more complicated," 22 Jan. 2020 In his sermons, King urged everyone to speak out against injustice and inequality. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "The Black Academy of Arts and Letters concert to highlight music of Stevie Wonder," 17 Jan. 2020 The subtle messaging in his weekly sermons and commentary have steered politics during the difficult times. Washington Post, "Iraq’s top cleric to have surgery after accident at home," 16 Jan. 2020 The congregation regularly posts videos of his sermons online. oregonlive, "DNA links Georgia pastor to 3 sex assaults in Multnomah County, indictment says," 31 Dec. 2019 More than 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what would be his final Christmas Eve sermon. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Listen to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final Christmas sermon," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Sermon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sermon

: a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader
informal + usually disapproving : a serious talk about how someone should behave


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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