ser·​mon·​ize | \ˈsər-mə-ˌnīz \
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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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

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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,, "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 Kerry has never sermonized for so long about his plan to solve the Syrian crisis that has led to some 500,000 deaths or the vast migrant crisis that has nearly wrecked the European Union. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Why the anti-Israeli sentiment?," 5 Jan. 2017 The form was strewn with pitfalls, among them a tendency to sermonize, a veering into allegory and a lack of plausibility. Margaret Atwood, New York Times, "Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump," 10 Mar. 2017 That’s why there is no gastro-sermonizing at Locol, no talk of farms or varieties. Oliver Strand, New York Times, "Has Coffee Gotten Too Fancy?," 10 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sermonize

1635, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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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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