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ˈsɜr mənser·mon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sermon, discourse, preachingnoun

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

  2. sermon, preachingnoun

    a moralistic rebuke

    "your preaching is wasted on him"


  1. sermonnoun

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

  2. sermonnoun

    a lengthy speech of reproval

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sermonnoun

    A discourse of instruction pronounced by a divine for the edification of the people.

    Etymology: sermon, Fr. sermo, Lat.

    As for our sermons, be they never so sound and perfect, God’s word they are not, as the sermons of the prophets were; no, they are but ambiguously termed his word, because his word is commonly the subject whereof they treat, and must be the rule whereby they are framed. Richard Hooker.

    This our life, exempt from publick haunt,
    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
    Sermons in stones, and good in every thing. William Shakespeare.

    In his sermons unto the soldiers, and in open talk with the nobility, it should seem that he himself had been enough to have overthrown the Turks. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Sermons he heard, yet not so many
    As left no time to practise any:
    He heard them reverently, and then
    His practice preach’d them o’er again. Richard Crashaw.

    Many, while they have preached Christ in their sermons, have read a lecture of atheism in their practice. South.

    His preaching much, but more his practice wrought;
    A living sermon of the truths he taught. Dryden.

  2. To Sermonverb

    Etymology: sermoner, Fr. from the noun.

    Some would rather have good discipline delivered plainly by way of precept, or sermoned at large, than thus cloudily inwrapped in allegorical devises. Edmund Spenser.

    Come, sermon me no farther:
    No villainous bounty yet hath past my heart. William Shakespeare, Timon.


  1. Sermon

    A sermon is a religious discourse or oration by a preacher, usually a member of clergy. Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation, and practical application. The act of delivering a sermon is called preaching. In secular usage, the word sermon may refer, often disparagingly, to a lecture on morals. In Christian practice, a sermon is usually preached to a congregation in a place of worship, either from an elevated architectural feature, known as a pulpit or an ambo, or from behind a lectern. The word sermon comes from a Middle English word which was derived from Old French, which in turn originates from the Latin word sermō meaning 'discourse.' A sermonette is a short sermon (usually associated with television broadcasting, as stations would present a sermonette before signing off for the night). The Christian Bible contains many speeches without interlocution, which some take to be sermons: Jesus' sermon on the mount in Matthew 5–7 (though the gospel writers do not specifically call it a sermon; the popular descriptor for Jesus' speech there came much later); and Peter after Pentecost in Acts 2:14–40 (though this speech was delivered to non-Christians and as such is not quite parallel to the popular definition of a sermon). In Islam, sermons are known as khutbah.


  1. sermon

    A sermon is a type of speech or discourse, typically delivered by a religious figure or clergy member, that provides guidance, moral teachings, or religious instruction to an audience, usually with the aim of inspiring or encouraging spiritual reflection, motivating behavior change, and fostering a deeper connection with a particular faith tradition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sermonnoun

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

  2. Sermonnoun

    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. Sermonnoun

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

  4. Sermonverb

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

  5. Sermonverb

    to discourse to or of, as in a sermon

  6. Sermonverb

    to tutor; to lecture

  7. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sermon

    sėr′mon, n. a discourse on a text of Scripture delivered during divine service: any serious address, any serious counsel, admonition, or reproof.—v.t. to tutor, to lecture.—ns. Sermol′ogus, a volume containing sermons by the Church fathers; Sermoneer′, a sermoniser; Ser′moner, a preacher; Ser′monet, a little sermon.—adjs. Sermon′ic, -al, having the character of a sermon.—n. Ser′moning, the act of preaching: a homily.—v.i. Ser′monise, to compose or preach sermons: to lecture: to lay down the law.—v.t. to preach a sermon to.—ns. Sermonī′ser, one who preaches or writes sermons; Sermō′nium, a historical play, formerly acted by the inferior orders of the Roman Catholic clergy; Sermun′cle, a little sermon. [L. sermo, sermonisserĕre, to join.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sermon is ranked #50960 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sermon surname appeared 409 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sermon.

    62.1% or 254 total occurrences were White.
    31.7% or 130 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sermon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sermon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sermon in a Sentence

  1. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

    I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” he said shortly before his death. 'Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would be to deny the reality found in scientific knowledge and reasoned judgment.

  2. Farris Wilks:

    America has always been a land of opportunity. Its the one place on earth where you can go from building brick walls in the Texas heat to the kind of success my brother and I have achieved, ted Cruz believes in the opportunity society, he believes in the dignity of hard work, and hes not afraid to fight for what he believes in. The Wilkses are not the only billionaires backing Cruz. Reclusive hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer gave $11 million; Texas energy investor Toby Neugebauer gave $10 million. Mercer has declined to comment on why he is supporting Cruz, while Neugebauer backs Cruz for his track record promoting conservative causes and opposing the federal debt. Despite the large donations, Cruz is not among the leaders of the Republican race. A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sept. 8 showed him in fourth place among Republican voters at 5.5 percent, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. . PRAYING FOR CRUZ. The day after President Barack Obama won a second term, I was pretty bummed out, Farris Wilks told congregants in a sermon on Nov. 7, 2012, a recording of which was provided by Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow with the equal rights group People for the American Way. I do believe that our country died that Tuesday night, Wilks said. Less than a year later, Farris found himself in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa, where Cruz stood with head bowed in a prayer circle, surrounded by evangelical Christians. Cruz was among the political headliners at a Pastors and Pews conference, an annual, closed-door affair that now occurs in roughly 14 states and is organized by Christian nationalist David Lane. The born-again Lane, a self-described former wild man of drugs, wine, women and song, believes the Bible should be the primary textbook in public schools and that judges who favor same-sex marriage should be impeached. He says people who embrace homosexual marriage, along with pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media, are creating Americas downfall with their multiracial false gods. One of Lanes major aims is to motivate at least 1,000 pastors to run for office in 2016. Polling shows there are 65 million to 80 million evangelical Christians but only a quarter of them vote. Getting 5 percent more registered and voting would, according to Lane, put a conservative in the White House. Asked about the Wilks brothers' financial support for Cruz, Lane said in an interview:.

  3. Stu Strachan:

    The sermon has become the climactic element in a lot of denominations ’ services. A sermon is not simply teaching. It sets a precedent for understanding scripture correctly. And there’s also this moment of exhortation, of asking what it says about our own lives, there’s also more value added to a sermon as culture becomes more secular. If churches want to grow, they have to connect their teachings to modern life and modern problems.

  4. Simon Wiesenthal:

    When people believe in Jesus and hold on to the truth, God will support them. This was the purpose of citing the prophetic tradition, in the context of the full sermon, it becomes clear that the theme of the sermon was against oppression, and not against Jews or any religion.

  5. Alex Tihonov/Adobe Stock Photo ChatGPT:

    It’s worth noting that while a language model like Alex Tihonov/Adobe Stock Photo ChatGPT can provide an approximation of a sermon, it can not replicate the full experience of a live sermon delivered by a human preacher, the human element of preaching, including voice inflection, emotional expression, and audience interaction, is an important part of the preaching experience that a language model can not replicate.

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