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  1. a person who writes or delivers homilies.
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Origin of homilist

First recorded in 1610–20; homil(y) + -ist
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Examples from the Web for homilist

Historical Examples of homilist

  • Colum Cille is the only saint whom the homilist will allow to approach his hero.

    The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran


  • His great success was the publication of a magazine for preachers, under the title of The Homilist.

  • No emperor's name is cited by the homilist; and the date of the revolt seems to have been left wholly to conjecture.

    Some Chinese Ghosts

    Lafcadio Hearn

  • In Hermas there is special affinity to the language and thought of the epistle of James, and in the homilist to those of Paul.

Word Origin and History for homilist


1610s, from homily + -ist.

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