sermonize

verb
ser·​mon·​ize | \ ˈsər-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce sermonize (audio) \
sermonized; sermonizing

Definition of sermonize

intransitive verb

1 : to compose or deliver a sermon
2 : to speak didactically or dogmatically

transitive verb

: to preach to or on at length

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sermonize

sermonizer noun

Synonyms for sermonize

Synonyms

preach

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of sermonize in a Sentence

She's a teacher who can talk to her students about serious subjects without sermonizing. did not believe that it was the president's place to sermonize, especially to other world leaders

Recent Examples on the Web

There is rarely a travel story that doesn’t touch upon, make reference to, or sermonize about food. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dessert in Paris That Allowed Me to Finally Enjoy Eating in Public," 3 July 2019 Adam Driver as Flip Zimmerman and John David Washington as Ron Stallworth Photo: Focus Features The conventional part of the film—relatively conventional, given the exuberant zigs and sermonizing zags within the narrative—varies sharply in tone. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘BlacKkKlansman’ Review: Running on Fury," 9 Aug. 2018 Last, we were shepherded to a midtown neighborhood, where Ford’s head of digital content sermonized on the in-car experience for AV passengers. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 The Saddle River Reformed Church, better known as the Old Stone Church, whose current structure was completed in 1819, was the last church in New Jersey to have a minister sermonizing in Dutch. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Quiet and Neat as a Pin," 20 June 2018 Instead of pondering the State of the State of Ohio or New Hampshire, Kasich used his bully pulpit to sermonize on his and the rest of humanity's state of mind and soul. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Trump steel tariffs are corrosive: Darcy cartoon," 11 Mar. 2018 The monk was also barred from sermonizing for a year. Laignee Barron, Time, "Nationalist Monk Known as the 'Burmese bin Laden' Has Been Stopped From Spreading Hate on Facebook," 28 Feb. 2018 Everything Is Terrible! finally decided to tackle the monster that mild-mannered preachers have sermonized about on camera since the dawn of clunky yet affordable audio-visual equipment. Kevin Warwick, Chicago Reader, "Everything Is Terrible! plumb the depths of hell in The Great Satan," 19 Feb. 2018 In the opening segment of her show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Pirro sermonized about the need for a government purge. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro embodies a kindergartener’s idea of justice. No wonder the president loves her.," 15 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sermonize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sermonize

1635, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sermonize

Statistics for sermonize

Last Updated

17 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sermonize

The first known use of sermonize was in 1635

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sermonize

sermonize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sermonize

: to give a sermon to someone especially, disapproving : to give someone unwanted advice about good moral behavior

More from Merriam-Webster on sermonize

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sermonize

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sermonize

Comments on sermonize

What made you want to look up sermonize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to move or obtain by small maneuvers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!