- 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.
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- 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: OFr from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sermo from L, a talk, discourse from Indo-European base an unverified form swer-, to speak from source swear
- sermonic adjective
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- A religious discourse delivered as part of a church service.
- An often lengthy and tedious speech of reproof or exhortation.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sermō, sermōn-, discourse; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
- ser·monˈic , ser·monˈi·cal adjective