It would, indeed, be disrespectful in the listener not to pay intelligent heed to the discourses which emanate from the pulpit.
"He was more than ten preachers, and did more good than forty discourses," said one man.
There are some Christians who, when their minister pleases them well, are quite delighted with his discourses.
These discourses of the sage made a strong impression upon me.
Never turn a deaf ear to his discourses on plants, then you will be indulged.
This is the point round which turn all his discourses and all his essays.
They are full of discourses and sermons, introduced at the most unexpected moments.
Who would desire to have for a friend a man who discourses in this manner?
Many of the discourses delivered by him were printed in "The Lion."
Did He then direct His discourses to none but men more intelligent than I am?
late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.
1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.