verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- preach to the converted,
- preacher curl,
Origin of preach
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.
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|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We should partner with them to get the message across, have them at the table, and listen rather than preach.
Each step of the way, Booker has thrived on the philosophy that your actions matter more than what you preach.
I shall preach Christ; and can I preach on any subject so important?The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. I (of 2)|Timothy East
A few months later the Quarterly followed in the same strain, but went on to preach a more questionable doctrine.Crabbe, (George)|Alfred Ainger
"I was surprised to hear Father Forbes say that he did not preach," he remarked.The Damnation of Theron Ware|Harold Frederic
But the Senate, alarmed at the tenor of his discourses, forbade him to preach.
The next day, being Sunday, we all gathered in the little church to hear Mr. Mason preach.The Crossing|Winston Churchill
Word Origin 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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with preach
- preach to the converted
- practice what you preach