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▪ The vicar preached a sermon about the prodigal son.
▪ The archbishop fled to Canterbury where he proceeded to deliver sermons and issue pamphlets against the crown's infringement of clerical privileges.
▪ Television actor Craig Nelson likes taking ministers to car races to deliver sermons at the track.
▪ Later that month, the Archbishop of Tuam delivered a sermon in which he came out against the mining.
▪ And when the rector took to the pulpit he delivered sermons brimming with moral admonition.
▪ A vicar preached his way into the record books when he delivered a sermon lasting 28 hours and 45 minutes.
▪ It can cover anything from giving a church sermon to holding a mass rally.
▪ It is hard to give a sermon, because there is already somebody giving one.
▪ So he decided to give the council a sermon when he blessed its monthly meeting.
▪ According to the legend, David was about to give a sermon in Brefi.
▪ Father gives the bridal sermon over my dead body.
▪ We would alternate between trying to boost them up and giving them sermons.
▪ The iron hand of the Conservative administration's first 5 years gave way to sermons on personal responsibility.
▪ Everything that Margery says can be traced to what she would hear in sermons and readings.
▪ At forty, he heard a sermon by John of Avila and went mad with guilt.
▪ On weekdays, they listened to lectures in local churches, and on market days travelled to hear sermons in nearby towns.
▪ The faithful heard sermons from pundits and talk-show hosts.
▪ Patriot Patrick Henry liked to drop by to hear the recruiting sermons Davies preached, in order to learn oratory.
▪ Developing countries were unwilling to listen to sermons about sustainability from those doing most of the polluting.
▪ I mended the tent-pole bag and listened to another sermon before switching off my torch.
▪ They listened to an impassioned sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Tyre and were moved to take the cross themselves.
▪ Wolsey even has his ministers preach peace sermons in London.
▪ In 1581 he was appointed to preach a sermon at St Paul's Church, London.
▪ FleeceThe cook aboard the Pequod who preaches a sermon to the sharks.
▪ He preached his last sermon at Collin Wood, near the River Ayr, and spent most of his time in prayer.
▪ They had been trained at college to preach Western-style sermons based on abstract thinking arranged in linear form.
▪ Columban left behind a number of sermons and poems.
▪ It excited her that her brother had at last imbued their childhood Sunday sermons with the reality of fighting for change.
▪ It is better than sitting still in one of the pews, waiting for the sermon to be over.
▪ Many of his utterances were, however, sermon commonplaces, to which parallels can be found in other contemporary preaching.
▪ Richard Baxter again pacified the crowd and eventually finished his sermon without further interruption.
▪ The sermons were livelier, for the resident minister Carter was a cultivated man.
▪ The Gospel being read, it was time for the sermon.
▪ What concerned him were his sermons.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sermon \Ser"mon\, v. t.

  1. To discourse to or of, as in a sermon. [Obs.]

  2. To tutor; to lecture. [Poetic]


Sermon \Ser"mon\, v. i. [Cf. OF. sermoner, F. sermonner to lecture one.] To speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon. [Obs.]

What needeth it to sermon of it more?


Sermon \Ser"mon\, n. [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. A discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons of Chaucer. [Obs.]

  2. 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.

    This our life exempt from public haunts Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in everything.

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

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, sarmun, "a discourse upon a text of scripture; what is preached," from Anglo-French sermun, Old French sermon "speech, words, discourse; church sermon, homily" (10c.), from Latin sermonem (nominative sermo) "continued speech, conversation; common talk, rumor; learned talk, discourse; manner of speaking, literary style," originally "a stringing together of words," from PIE *ser-mo-, suffixed form of root *ser- (3) "to line up, join" (see series).\n

\nMain modern sense in English and French is elliptical for Latin sermo religiosus. In transferred (non-religious) use from 1590s. The Sermon on the Mount is in 5,6,7 Matt. and 6 Luke. Related: Sermonic; sermonical; sermonish.


n. Religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter. vb. 1 (context poetic obsolete English) To discourse to or of, as in a sermon. 2 (context poetic obsolete English) To tutor; to lecture.

  1. n. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service) [syn: discourse, preaching]

  2. a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him" [syn: preaching]

Sermon (ruler)

Sermon ( Bulgarian and Serbian Cyrillic: Сермон; ) was an 11th-century voivode ( duke) of Syrmia and a local governor in the First Bulgarian Empire, vassal of Bulgarian emperor Samuil. His residence was in Sirmium (today Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia), where he produced his own golden coins.


A sermon is an oration, lecture, or talk by a member of a religious institution or 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 the sermon often include exposition, exhortation and practical application.

In Christianity, a sermon is usually delivered in a place of worship from an elevated architectural feature, variously known as a pulpit, a lectern, or an ambo. The word "sermon" comes from a Middle English word which was derived from Old French, which in turn came from the Latin word sermō meaning "discourse".

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. However, the Bible contains many speeches without interlocution, which some take to be sermons: Moses in Deuteronomy 1-33; Jesus' sermon on the mount in Matthew 5-7; (though the gospel writers do not specifically call it a sermon; the popular descriptor for Christ's speech there came much later); Peter after Pentecost in Acts 2:14-40 (though this speech was delivered to nonbelievers and as such is not quite parallel to the popular definition of a sermon).

In modern language, the word "sermon" is used in secular terms, pejoratively, to describe a lengthy or tedious speech delivered with great passion, by any person, to an uninterested audience. A sermonette is a short sermon (usually associated with television broadcasting, as stations would present a sermonette before signing off for the night).

Sermon (disambiguation)

A sermon is an oration by a prophet or member of the clergy.

Sermon may also refer to:

  • "A Sermon", a song by The Police
  • The Sermon!, 1959 jazz album by Jimmy Smith
  • "Sermon", a song by Drowning Pool from Sinner
  • Sermon (ruler), 11th-century ruler of Srem, vassal of Samuil of Bulgaria
  • Erick Sermon, American hip hop musician and record producer
  • Paul Sermon, Professor of Creative Technologies at Salford University, England
  • Brandon Sermons, American football player
  • The Farewell Sermon by Mohammed

Usage examples of "sermon".

To all that only your mandate of accusation and allegorical sermons are lacking.

I took this as a tilt at my own class, and braced myself for a sermon on how the city had been bankrupted by old families.

Unhappily, the baronet, who by some fatality never could see when he was winning the battle, thought proper in his wisdom to water the dryness of his sermon with a little jocoseness, on the subject of young men fancying themselves in love, and, when they were raw and green, absolutely wanting to be--that most awful thing, which the wisest and strongest of men undertake in hesitation and after self-mortification and penance-- married!

Sermon sprang in pursuit, grabbed him by the collar and threw him sideways on top of the blameless Bateman, whose face was rammed down against his own desk-lid with such violence that his spectacles snapped at the bridge and a lens flew in each direction.

This morning the homilist was a free man of color by the name of Jubal Labiche, who actually never attended services in the church unless he was asked to give the sermon.

This is like the school for morals offered by the sermons, the precepts, and the tales which our instructors recite for our especial benefit.

Sunday, the 3rd of September, 1430, they were taken to the Parvis Notre Dame to hear a sermon.

Now, perhaps, the reflections which we should be here inclined to draw, would alike contradict both these conclusions, and would show that these incidents contribute only to confirm the great, useful, and uncommon doctrine, which it is the purpose of this whole work to inculcate, and which we must not fill up our pages by frequently repeating, as an ordinary parson fills his sermon by repeating his text at the end of every paragraph.

Some of the photoplay people agree with this temperance sermon, and some of them do not.

There is a good deal of difference between Pickwick and a translation of old French sermons about Madame, and Conde, and people of whom few modern readers ever heard.

Hawkesey used to go everywhere looking like a sermon on the predamnation of unbaptized infants.

The Presidente had folded her arms, and for the last minute or two sat like a person compelled to listen to a sermon.

McDrone, who was an orthodox proser of the old school, had been rather scandalized to see that old Tibbie Mathieson, who used peacefully to go to sleep every Sunday over his short sermons, kept awake all the time that this young man held forth, though he was not particularly brief.

The ranting sermon, the trick with the rain, the call to levy the militia .

A letter from the rector since had warned him that they were full of enthusiasm about his sermon and himself and that a call to the rectorship of the church was imminent.