ser·mon | \ˈsər-mən \

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 \ 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.

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But Harris adviser Andy Yates said the 2013 remarks came in a sermon for Mother's Day. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "NC congressional candidate suggested woman's career can interfere with biblical role," 5 July 2018 Ayatollah Khamenei, in a sermon recently celebrating the end of Ramadan, called upon Iranians to stop taking leisure trips abroad, to make sure no more foreign exchange leaves Iran. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran Is Changing, but Not in Ways Trump Thinks," 25 June 2018 Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, invoked the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his sermon, which was watched by millions around the world. Shelia Poole, ajc, "Bishop Michael Curry, who spoke at royal wedding, speaks in Atlanta this fall," 20 June 2018 As reporter Kate Aronoff noted, King himself discourages listeners from overspending for automobiles in the very same sermon Ram sampled. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "People are hating the Ram Super Bowl ad using MLK's speech. This is why.," 4 Feb. 2018 She and Prince Harry brought in Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the Black man who is the head of the Episcopal church, to deliver a passionate sermon., "Why I'm So Proud Meghan Markle Made The Royal Wedding Unapologetically Black," 19 May 2018 Breakfast — on this day prepared and served by the church's youth group — will have to wait while Humbert delivers a short sermon. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Urban church in Indianapolis fights for the lives and souls of its neighbors," 4 Mar. 2018 Rabbi Eric Yanoff delivered a sermon on that excerpt Saturday at Adath Israel congregation in Merion Station. Kristin E. Holmes,, "Does the Good Book have a good word for the Eagles?," 3 Feb. 2018 But one Brit who raved abut the sermon was one who also presided over the day: the Archbishop of Canterbury. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Archbishop of Canterbury Gushed Over Bishop Michael Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon," 20 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of sermon

: a speech about a moral or religious subject that is usually given by a religious leader

: a serious talk about how someone should behave


ser·mon | \ˈsər-mən \

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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