[ hom-uh-let-ik ]
/ ˌhɒm əˈlɛt ɪk /


of or relating to preaching or to homilies.
of the nature of a homily.
of or relating to homiletics.

Nearby words

  1. homey,
  2. homicidal,
  3. homicide,
  4. homicide bomber,
  5. homie,
  6. homiletics,
  7. homiliary,
  8. homilist,
  9. homily,
  10. homing

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

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British Dictionary definitions for homiletic



/ (ˌhɒmɪˈlɛtɪk) /


of or relating to a homily or sermon
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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