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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the art of preaching; the branch of practical theology that treats of homilies or sermons.
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Origin of homiletics

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at homiletic, -ics
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Historical Examples

  • These subjects he has continued to teach ever since, with the addition, since 1872, of Homiletics.

    The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3

    John Charles Dent

  • His Homiletics and Pastoral Theology have already become text-books in many theological seminaries.

  • Ideals are useful (a) in homiletics, which are chiefly occupied with attempts at suggestion.


    William Graham Sumner

  • This elaborate course on homiletics and pastoral theology may be said almost to exhaust the subject.

British Dictionary definitions for homiletics


  1. (functioning as singular) the art of preaching or writing sermons
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Word Origin

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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