Definitions for sermonˈsɜr mən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sermon, discourse, preaching(noun)

    an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

  2. sermon, preaching(noun)

    a moralistic rebuke

    "your preaching is wasted on him"


  1. sermon(Noun)

    religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter

  2. sermon(Noun)

    a lengthy speech of reproval

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sermon(noun)

    a discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons of Chaucer

  2. Sermon(noun)

    specifically, a discourse delivered in public, usually by a clergyman, for the purpose of religious instruction and grounded on some text or passage of Scripture

  3. Sermon(noun)

    hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily; -- often in a depreciatory sense

  4. Sermon(verb)

    to speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon

  5. Sermon(verb)

    to discourse to or of, as in a sermon

  6. Sermon(verb)

    to tutor; to lecture

  7. Origin: [OE. sermoun, sermun, F. sermon, fr. L. sermo, -onis, a speaking, discourse, probably fr. serer, sertum, to join, connect; hence, a connected speech. See Series.]


  1. Sermon

    A sermon is an oration by a prophet or member of the clergy. Sermons address a Biblical, theological, religious, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of preaching include exposition, exhortation and practical application. In Christianity, a sermon is often delivered in a place of worship, most of which have a pulpit or ambo, an elevated architectural feature. The word "sermon" comes from a Middle English word which was derived from an Old French term, which in turn came from the Latin word sermō;, although links have been made between the Latin word serere, which means 'to join together', so this leaves the modern Latin definition open to interpretation. The word can mean "conversation", which could mean that early sermons were delivered in the form of question and answer, and that only later did it come to mean a monologue. In contrast to this are examples from the Bible, where sermons are speeches without interlocution: Moses' sermon in Deuteronomy 1-33; Jesus' sermon on the mount in Matthew 5-7; Peter's sermon after Pentecost in Acts 2:14-40.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    Few sinners are saved after the fiirst twenty minutes of a sermon.

  2. Vance Havner:

    The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.

  3. Ramesh Maharaj:

    I was unable to read from the Scriptures and do my sermon, i could have done my sermon, but from memory.

  4. George Burns:

    The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.

  5. Billie Holiday:

    You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave.

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