- a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.
- any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.
- a long, tedious speech.
Origin of sermon
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Examples from the Web for sermon
A Gaylard Williams Sunday sermon (which lasted for 45 minutes on average) was something to behold.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
King says in a sermon a month later at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year
October 16, 2014
In Germany, a prominent Muslim imam gave a sermon asking Allah to kill all of the “Zionist Jews.”Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War
July 25, 2014
“I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about,” she said.Artist Gives Celebs the ‘Natural’ Look
July 24, 2014
Your sermon this Sunday morning: Is the power of prayer enough to overcome the German defense?Argentina Doesn’t Have A Prayer Today. Lucky Them?
July 13, 2014
Still I had not absolutely forgotten the sermon, nor all my good resolutions.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Such is the substitute which he offers us for the Sermon on the Mount.
The golden rule of the Sermon on the Mount is not applied to them.
Then they went through the service together, from hymn and prayer to the sermon.Meadow Grass
Only this very morning I read her a sermon upon 'Propriety, and the fitness of things.'The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- an address of religious instruction or exhortation, often based on a passage from the Bible, esp one delivered during a church service
- a written version of such an address
- a serious speech, esp one administering reproof
Word Origin and History for sermon
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).
Main 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.