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sermonette

[sur-muh-net] /ˌsɜr məˈnɛt/
noun
1.
a brief sermon or homily:
five-minute radio sermonettes.
Origin of sermonette
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; sermon + -ette
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  • Perhaps, if at once followed by questions upon the sermonette, it might thus become very useful.

    The Parish Clerk (1907) Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • As soon as my sermonette was over quite a number of friends crowded around me and showered congratulations on me.

Word Origin and History for sermonette
n.

1814, diminutive from sermon + -ette. Poe used sermonoid (1849); sermuncle (1886) also has been tried. English writers have turned to the Italian double diminutive sermonettino (1818) to describe notably trifling efforts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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