- The definition of a homily is a religious sermon or speech that is intended to provide spiritual education, or any moral lessons that are being imparted, especially when being imparted or taught in a tedious way.
- When a minister gives a sermon, this is an example of a homily.
- When someone gives a long and dull lecture about morality, this is an example of a homily.
- a sermon, esp. one centering on Scriptural texts
- a solemn, moralizing talk or writing, esp. if long or dull
Origin of homilyMiddle English omelye ; from Old French omelie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin homilia, sermon ; from Classical Greek converse, instruction (in Ecclesiastical Late Greek sermon) ; from homilos, assembly
- A sermon, especially one intended to explain the practical and moral implications of a particular scriptural passage.
- A moralizing lecture or admonition that is often tedious or condescending.
- A platitudinous or inspirational saying: “‘Receiving is a form of giving,’ she said, in one of those sudden banal homilies that came to her every now and again” (Willie Morris).
Origin of homilyMiddle English omelie, from Old French, from Late Latin homīlia, from Greek homīliā, discourse, from homīlos, crowd; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
"O most gentle Jupiter! What tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried 'Have patience, good people.'" -- Shakespeare
Middle English omelye, from Old French omelie, from Ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Ancient Greek ὁμιλία (homilia, “conversation; sermon”).