- The definition of a sermon is a lecture, speech or talk about moral or spiritual issues, especially when the talk is administered formally in a church or religious setting.
- A speech made by a priest at church on Sunday morning that is intended to teach a religious lesson is an example of a sermon.
- A long lecture on proper moral behavior is an example of a sermon.
A priest delivering a sermon
- a speech given as instruction in religion or morals, esp. by a priest, minister, or rabbi during services, using a text from Scripture
- any serious talk on behavior, responsibility, etc., esp. a long, tedious one
Origin of sermonOld French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sermo ; from Classical Latin a talk, discourse ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to speak from source swear
- A religious discourse, especially one delivered as part of a service.
- An often lengthy and tedious speech of reproof or exhortation: “his father's Teutonic and pedestrian sermon on the safety of staying home” (Paul Theroux).
Origin of sermonMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin sermō, sermōn-, discourse; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
- ser·mon′ic , ser·mon′i·cal
(third-person singular simple present sermons, present participle sermoning, simple past and past participle sermoned)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.