homily

[ hom-uh-lee ]
/ ˈhɒm ə li /

noun, plural hom·i·lies.

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

1545–55; < Late Latin homīlia < Greek homīlía assembly, sermon, equivalent to hómīl(os) crowd (hom(oû) together + -īlos, masculine combining form of ī́lē (feminine) crowd) + -ia -y3; replacing Middle English omelie < Middle French < Latin, as above

Can be confused

homely homily
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British Dictionary definitions for homily

homily

/ (ˈhɒmɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic
moralizing talk or writing

Derived Forms

homilist, noun

Word Origin for homily

C14: from Church Latin homīlia, from Greek: discourse, from homilein to converse with, from homilos crowd, from homou together + ilē crowd
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