- to deliver or compose a sermon; preach.
- to give exhortation to; lecture.
Also especially British, ser·mon·ise.
Origin of sermonize
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Examples from the Web for sermonize
It did not seem to her worth while to censure or to sermonize.At His Gates, Vol. 1(of 3)
There was not an island of the sea in which he could lift up his voice and sermonize; Mrs. Eddy's command covered "this" planet.
He does not sermonize to them, he does not attack them or their enemies; he merely speaks to them as their friend.
Dear Alan, it tires me more to sermonize, than it bores you to be forced to listen; but what would you have?Barren Honour: A Novel
George A. Lawrence
Mrs. Eddy was very wise in not allowing her "readers" or followers to sermonize or explain her writings.Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers
- to talk to or address (a person or audience) as if delivering a sermon
Word Origin and History for sermonize
1630s, from Medieval Latin sermonizari, from Latin sermo (see sermon). "Chiefly depreciatory" [OED]. Related: Sermonizing.
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