[preech-muh nt]


the act of preaching.
a sermon or other discourse, especially when obtrusive or tedious.

Origin of preachment

1300–50; Middle English prechement < Old French preë(s)chement < Medieval Latin praedicāmentum speech; see predicament Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for preachment

Historical Examples of preachment

  • I have a reason, a new one, for this preachment upon a text you have given me.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • She has no preachment to offer and utters no rubbish on the subject of life and the problem.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

  • He may talk as if there were an iron determinism, but his practice is better than his preachment.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • Yet the book is no "preachment" from a self-assumed pulpit, it is a novel simply.

    Her Ladyship's Elephant

    David Dwight Wells

  • But class animosity in the political world is the preachment of the revolutionists.

British Dictionary definitions for preachment



the act of preaching
a tedious or pompous sermon or discourse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for preachment

late 14c., "a preaching;" earlier "an annoying or tedious speech" (c.1300); see preach (v.) + -ment. Related: Preachments.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper