Sermon meaning

sûr'mən
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Any serious talk on behavior, responsibility, etc., esp. a long, tedious one.
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(poetic, obsolete) To tutor; to lecture.

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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 religious discourse, especially one delivered as part of a service.
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An often lengthy and tedious speech of reproof or exhortation.
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A lecture given as instruction in religion or morals, esp. by a priest, minister, or rabbi during services, using a text from Scripture.
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Religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter.
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A lengthy speech of reproval.
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(poetic, obsolete) To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.

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Origin of sermon

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sermō sermōn- discourse ser-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin sermō.
    From Wiktionary