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 In the sermon, Dr. King planned to warn that the country needed to use its vast resources to end poverty, and to offer all of God’s children the necessities of life. New York Times, "The Words of Martin Luther King Jr. Reverberate in a Tumultuous Time," 18 Jan. 2021 The title of Dana’s letter symbolizes the message in the sermon given many years ago by the late Rabbi M. Robert Syme. Linda Solomon,, "Words that live forever," 19 Dec. 2020 Following the nearly 45-minute sermon, Dwight McKissic Sr., senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, called on the members of the Arlington church, who unanimously voted to license Bumgardner to the Gospel ministry once again. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Young Southern Baptist minister endorsed Joe Biden, then lost his license," 18 Dec. 2020 So were the 200 grieving fans that Bjerkaas said arrived within a half hour after his sermon. USA Today, "Church in the Canyon became grieving site for Lakers fans," 24 Jan. 2021 On Sunday morning, two days after Christmas, the Rev. Calvin Brooks gave his holiday sermon, the folksy drawl of a lifelong Alabamian retelling the story of Jesus’ virgin birth. al, "Alabama church shares dead pastor’s last sermon: ‘Jesus first, others next, and yourself last’," 31 Dec. 2020 Bart Spencer made the statements during a Nov. 14 sermon at Lighthouse Baptist Church, The Holland Sentinel reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Gala uproar, deputy dragged, anti-mask doctor: News from around our 50 states," 8 Dec. 2020 And yet, the documentary is less a dreary sermon about the perils of cultural appropriation, so much as a reminder that there’s always another side to the story. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "This New Film Debunks the Tarahumara Myth," 8 Dec. 2020 Paula White-Cain, a longtime spiritual counselor to Trump and who served as a faith adviser in his White House, made a subtle allusion to the insurrection ahead of her Sunday sermon. Mariam Fam, Star Tribune, "Trump-supporting Christian leaders and their Sunday messages," 10 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of sermon was in the 13th century

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17 Feb 2021

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“Sermon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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