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

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sermonizer noun

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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 Raised in the segregated south, he was steeped in the tradition of Confederate preachers who sermonized to their flocks in the CSA on the holiness of white supremacy and characterized the Christian god as inherently racist. Jared Yates Sexton, The New Republic, 25 Mar. 2020 Fearmongering televangelists like Jim Bakker and Robert Tilton sermonized that those who didn’t follow Jesus—and those who didn’t donate heavily to the church—would face demons and end times. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, 6 Nov. 2019 O’Rourke’s early promise as a candidate sprang from his talents as a brooding, sermonizing communicator. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2019 There is rarely a travel story that doesn’t touch upon, make reference to, or sermonize about food. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sermonize

1635, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Sermonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sermonize

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


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