sermon

noun
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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Other Words from sermon

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

Synonyms for sermon

Synonyms

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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.

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Curry gave a riveting sermon at the royal wedding, one that transfixed both the elite crowd of guests in the church and the broad television audience watching around the world. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 The week of Docherty’s sermon, bills were introduced in Congress to add the phrase, and Eisenhower signed the act into law on Flag Day — June 14, 1954. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "The gripping sermon that got ‘under God’ added to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day," 14 June 2018 Bishop Curry’s sermon spoke of love and inclusion and took the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to invigorate — and surprise — the royal family and other guests. Marianne Rohrlich, New York Times, "How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come," 22 May 2018 But there’s always the risk of bad publicity: Ram Truck's commercial offended a lot of folks by selectively sampling from a Martin Luther King Jr. sermon. Editors, USA TODAY, "The 'dilly' on what you didn't see at the Super Bowl," 5 Feb. 2018 As recounted by Quin in a May 6 sermon, one female priest arose to denounce Moore as a serial exploiter who had affairs with many young priests and lay people. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Episcopal Church confronts past role in sexual exploitation," 15 Oct. 2018 Tonight Smith, in a raw denim jacket with a shearling collar and black skinny jeans, has crafted a sermon around Old and New Testament stories of pairs of brothers: Cain and Abel, the Prodigal Son. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 Whoopi turned her argument into a Rudolph sermon ... Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Completely Lost It Over Whoopi Goldberg's Epic Rant on Thursday," 30 Nov. 2018 Harris predicted that would happen in the 2013 sermon. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "NC congressional candidate suggested woman's career can interfere with biblical role," 5 July 2018

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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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sermon

noun

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

sermon

noun
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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