What does sermon mean?

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ˈsɜr mənser·mon

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  4. Sermon(verb)

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

    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.]

  5. Sermon(verb)

    to discourse to or of, as in a sermon

    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.]

  6. Sermon(verb)

    to tutor; to lecture

    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.]

Freebase

  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.]

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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. Anuj Somany:

    A black crow does not become a white dove by putting on its body the same color dress or paint; Similarly, a self-indulgent wearing any colour of devout outfit and giving a sermon in a soft, seamless and sweet accent to a large number of selfish disciples does not become a spiritual master or saint.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    If everyone starts preaching only that what they practice , then the entire chairs on the dais of the sermon or conference hall will remain vacant only.

  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. Kardashian West:

    It's honestly more like a healing experience for my husband, it's just music ; there's no sermon. It's definitely something he believes in -- Sweet Jesus -- and there's a Christian vibe. But there's no preaching. It's just a very spiritual Christian experience.

  5. Dwight L. Moody:

    The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.

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