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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Homiletic \Hom`i*let"ic\, Homiletical \Hom`i*let"ic*al\, a. [Gr. ?: cf. F. homil['e]tique. See Homily.]

  1. Of or pertaining to familiar intercourse; social; affable; conversable; companionable. [R.]

    His virtues active, chiefly, and homiletical, not those lazy, sullen ones of the cloister.

  2. Of or pertaining to homiletics; hortatory.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, "of or having to do with sermons," from Late Latin homileticus, from Greek homiletikos "of conversation, affable," from homelein "associate with," from homilos (see homily).


a. 1 Of or relating to a homily, or to homiletics. 2 preachy.

  1. adj. of the nature of a homily or sermon [syn: homiletical]

  2. of or relating to homiletics; "homiletic speech" [syn: homiletical]

Usage examples of "homiletic".

While what I am to describe to you comes to fruition, I shall play the part of a serene old man, far removed from influence, weary indeed of a surfeit of it, an old countryman who seems mainly interested in the system devised on these umber hills by my neighbor Columella and by the freedman Sthenus for the abundant cultivation of grapes, and in the capital they will say that Seneca is at one of his villas writing tragedies, pruning vines, taking cold baths in all weathers at the age of sixty-two, and sending homiletic epistles to his friend Lucilius Junior, who, poor fellow, is already all too amply instructed by his wordy friend.

My lecture on the futility of trying to get homiletic with someone who had been doing this for as long as I had was cut short by the exodus of listeners, who began trickling downhill toward home.

Haggadah, since the eleventh century, has produced commentaries that are mostly homiletic, although sometimes mystical, in character.

I began juggling those odd, evocative poems around, fitting them back into their original homiletic framework.

The art magazine told me that when abstract expressionism reflected utter disenchantment with the dream it still reverted to rhetorical simplifications even in its impiety, and that it is not a unified stylistic entity because of its advocacy of alien ideas on the basis of a homiletic approach to experience.

The annals of theology, both dogmatic and homiletic, from the time of the earliest Fathers till now, abound in detailed accounts of the future punishment of the wicked, whereof the context, the train of thought, and all the intrinsic characteristics of style and coherence, do not leave a shadow of doubt that they were written as faithful, though inadequate, accounts of facts.