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
sermonicplay \ˌsər-ˈmä-nik\ adjective
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 of sermon from the Web
Just like Mr. Pairoz, Mawlawi Hanafi, the seminary founder in Parwan, was critical of the Taliban’s path, and often spoke of politics passionately in his sermons.
The American Revolutionary Archive includes letters, memos, documents, treaties, sermons, diaries, military reports, eyewitness accounts, databases and other historical material.
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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
First Known Use: 13th century
SERMON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sermon for Students
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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