Definitions for sermonˈsɜr mən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, usu. delivered by a cleric during religious services.
any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, esp. on a moral issue; lecture.
a long, tedious speech.
Origin of sermon:
1150–1200; ME < ML sermōn-, s. of sermō, L: speech, talk, dialogue
sermon, discourse, preaching(noun)
an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
a moralistic rebuke
"your preaching is wasted on him"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a talk a religious leader gives
He preached a sermon on forgiveness.
religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter
a lengthy speech of reproval
a discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons of Chaucer
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
hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily; -- often in a depreciatory sense
to speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon
to discourse to or of, as in a sermon
to tutor; to lecture
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.
Translations for sermon
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a serious talk, especially one given in church based on or discussing a passage in the Bible
The text for this morning's sermon is taken from the fifth chapter of Exodus.
- عِظَه، مَوْعِظَهArabic
- sermãoPortuguese (BR)
- die PredigtGerman
- धर्मोपदेश, प्रवचनHindi
- szentbeszéd, igehirdetésHungarian
- predikun, stólræðaIcelandic
- sermone, predicaItalian
- وعظ، خطابه، موعظه، خطبه، پند، نصحيتPashto
- การพูดอย่างจริงจัง; เทศนาThai
- 講道Chinese (Trad.)
- bài thuyết giáoVietnamese
- 布道，说教Chinese (Simp.)
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