ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sermonic (audio) \ 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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Johnson told me he suspected the Biblical Basis for War was from a Marble sermon. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 As Apollo 11 neared its lunar landing, many Hoosiers were attending church services, where special prayers were offered and the astronauts were the topic of numerous sermons. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana reacted to the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing," 19 July 2019 The First Baptist Church of Searles Valley in Trona was planning to hold a 65th anniversary celebration on Sunday, complete with barbecue and a guest sermon. Laura J. Nelson,, "Damage to homes, but no deaths reported, in 7.1 magnitude California earthquake," 6 July 2019 In 1839, in the New Hebrides, an unfortunate fellow from the London Missionary Society was killed and eaten mid sermon. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 From buying a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV as an anniversary gift to reportedly turning away hurricane evacuees, these 10 televangelists have recently caught flak for their actions and sermons. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Fraud, private jets and a Lamborghini: 10 televangelists who've been under fire," 17 June 2019 There’s a street preacher (Willie Hen) whose sermons are a mostly unheard rebuke to public complacency, and also a long-absent figure from Jimmie’s childhood who throws his personal tragedy into sharp, sudden relief. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019 Wright, who preached his first sermon as rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham on July 5, sees a lot in the New Testament that Christians aren’t aware of – and neither are many Jews. al, "Alabama rabbi teaches New Testament role in Jewish history," 26 July 2019 Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019

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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
informal + usually disapproving : a serious talk about how someone should behave


ser·​mon | \ ˈsər-mən How to pronounce sermon (audio) \

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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