noun (used with a singular verb)

the art of preaching; the branch of practical theology that treats of homilies or sermons.

Origin of homiletics

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at homiletic, -ics
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(functioning as singular) the art of preaching or writing sermons

Word Origin for homiletics

C17: from Greek homilētikos cordial, from homilein to converse with; see homily
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Word Origin and History for homiletics

1830, from homiletic; also see -ics.

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