- the act or practice of a person who preaches.
- the art of delivering sermons.
- a sermon.
- a public religious service with a sermon.
- of, relating to, or resembling preaching: a preaching tone of voice.
Origin of preaching
- 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 preaching
While preaching D.A.R.E. in schools, we made a drug out of external validation.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
These newspapers are preaching to the converted; Republicans read Republican papers.What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News
November 6, 2014
The elders recommended that Driscoll step down as preaching pastor and only return when the elders believed he was ready.Megachurch Mars Hill To close Doors: What Does the Future Hold Now?
November 2, 2014
Its members are supposed to be the earnest Christians, preaching the Gospel but not fomenting hate around the world.The Christian Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays
July 7, 2014
After angering the crowd with a late start in 2008, West was back with some better music, and a lot of preaching.Kanye Returns to Bonnaroo With a Night of Lectures
Daniel G. Hill
June 15, 2014
He could not avoid contrasting this behaviour with his past preaching.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Staples once that I did n't see but that the Doctor could beat him at preaching.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet the old carpenter's preaching is, methinks, more to your taste.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Bunyan's preaching enterprise became an extraordinary success.
The wife at once said that he dared not leave off preaching as long as he could speak.
- 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 preaching
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 preaching
In addition to the idiom beginning with preach
- preach to the converted
- practice what you preach