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 O’Rourke’s early promise as a candidate sprang from his talents as a brooding, sermonizing communicator. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Did Beto O’Rourke Just Change the Democratic Conversation on Guns at the Debate?," 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, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of sermonize

1635, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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25 Sep 2019

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The first known use of sermonize was in 1635

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English Language Learners Definition of sermonize

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

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