- to proclaim or make known by sermon (the gospel, good tidings, etc.).
- to deliver (a sermon).
- to advocate or inculcate (religious or moral truth, right conduct, etc.) in speech or writing.
- to deliver a sermon.
- to give earnest advice, as on religious or moral subjects or the like.
- to do this in an obtrusive or tedious way.
Origin of preach
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Examples from the Web for preach
At Christianity Today, Peter Chin claims Christians should preach peace instead of bogging down in the particulars of race.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Priests often preach support for the regime to their congregations, many of whom loudly dissent.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Sex and the City fans were right behind her, ready to preach.Confessions of a Rom-Com Writer: Liz Tuccillo Talks ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Take Care,’ and More
December 5, 2014
We should partner with them to get the message across, have them at the table, and listen rather than preach.The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young
December 1, 2014
Each step of the way, Booker has thrived on the philosophy that your actions matter more than what you preach.Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
November 26, 2014
On most Sundays doth he preach here in the nave to all sorts of folk.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Herr Pastor has other functions than to preach to the living.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He continued to preach until he had reached his eighty-third year.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
My mother, my father, will preach a very different doctrine.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- to make known (religious truth) or give religious or moral instruction or exhortation in (sermons)
- to advocate (a virtue, action, etc), esp in a moralizing way
Word Origin and History for preach
at first in late Old English predician, a loan word from Church Latin; reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from Old French preechier "to preach, give a sermon" (11c., Modern French précher), from Late Latin praedicare "to proclaim publicly, announce" (in Medieval Latin "to preach"), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + dicare "to proclaim, to say" (see diction). Related: Preached; preaching. To preach to the converted is recorded from 1867 (form preach to the choir attested from 1979).
Idioms and Phrases with preach
In addition to the idiom beginning with preach
- preach to the converted
- practice what you preach