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sermonize

[sur-muh-nahyz]
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verb (used without object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.
  1. to deliver or compose a sermon; preach.
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verb (used with object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.
  1. to give exhortation to; lecture.
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Also especially British, ser·mon·ise.

Origin of sermonize

First recorded in 1625–35; sermon + -ize
Related formsser·mon·iz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for sermonise

Historical Examples

  • Both generals, in the intervals of actual war, sermonise each other, and with much the same spirit that they fight.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

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  • It is easy to produce sermons in stones, easy to sermonise in very many ways; but Jocelin did not preach.

  • You used occasionally to sermonise too; I wish you would, in charity, favour me with a sheet full in your own way.


British Dictionary definitions for sermonise

sermonize

sermonise

verb
  1. to talk to or address (a person or audience) as if delivering a sermon
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Derived Formssermonizer or sermoniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for sermonise

sermonize

v.

1630s, from Medieval Latin sermonizari, from Latin sermo (see sermon). "Chiefly depreciatory" [OED]. Related: Sermonizing.

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