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sermon

[ sur-muhn ]
/ ˈsɜr mən /
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noun

a discourse for the purpose of religious instruction or exhortation, especially one based on a text of Scripture and delivered by a member of the clergy as part of a religious service.
any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.
a long, tedious speech.

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Origin of sermon

1150–1200; Middle English <Medieval Latin sermōn- (stem of sermō) speech from pulpit, Latin: discourse, equivalent to ser- (base of serere to link up, organize) + -mōn- noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM sermon

ser·mon·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sermon

sermon
/ (ˈsɜːmən) /

noun

  1. an address of religious instruction or exhortation, often based on a passage from the Bible, esp one delivered during a church service
  2. a written version of such an address
a serious speech, esp one administering reproof

Derived forms of sermon

sermonic (sɜːˈmɒnɪk) or sermonical, adjective

Word Origin for sermon

C12: via Old French from Latin sermō discourse, probably from serere to join together
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