- a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctrinal nature.
- an admonitory or moralizing discourse.
- an inspirational saying or cliché.
Origin of homily
Examples from the Web for homily
He figured on letting the gospel, specifically Matthew 1:28, guide his homily.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap
November 12, 2014
The question she was asked by the priest during his homily: “What would you like for Christmas?”‘Resurrection’ Is TV’s Silliest Show and Probably Dead on Arrival
March 7, 2014
During his homily, Pope Francis stressed the importance of service.Pope Francis Puts a Ring on It: Video of the Inauguration
The Daily Beast Video
March 19, 2013
The service was soon done, and then the parson delivered a homily.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
"There is no such intent—" began Rhynsault, who misliked this homily.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
He broke off his homily to look out of the window of the car.The Book of All-Power
In short, she looked fit to spoil a homily for Saint Anthony himself.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Very greatly, good mother; never heard I before a homily so brave.Mistress Margery
Emily Sarah Holt
- a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic
- moralizing talk or writing
Word Origin and History for homily
late 14c., omelye, from Old French omelie (12c., Modern French homélie), from Church Latin homilia "a homily, sermon," from Greek homilia "conversation, discourse," used in New Testament Greek for "sermon," from homilos "an assembled crowd," from homou "together" (from PIE *somo-, from root *sem- (1) "one, as one, together with;" see same) + ile "troop" (cognate with Sanskrit melah "assembly," Latin miles "soldier"). Latinate form restored in English 16c.