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Also hom·i·let·i·cal.

Origin of homiletic

1635–45; < Greek homīlētikós affable, equivalent to homīlē- (variant stem of homīleîn to converse with; see homily) + -tikos -tic
Related formshom·i·let·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·hom·i·let·ic, adjectiveun·hom·i·let·ic, adjectiveun·hom·i·let·i·cal, adjectiveun·hom·i·let·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to a homily or sermon
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of homiletics
Derived Formshomiletically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for homiletic

1640s, "of or having to do with sermons," from Late Latin homileticus, from Greek homiletikos "of conversation, affable," from homelein "associate with," from homilos (see homily).

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