Origin of sermon
Examples from the Web for sermon
A Gaylard Williams Sunday sermon (which lasted for 45 minutes on average) was something to behold.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
King says in a sermon a month later at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama.Tavis Smiley Humanely Chronicles MLK’s Sad Last Year|Scott Porch|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about,” she said.
Your sermon this Sunday morning: Is the power of prayer enough to overcome the German defense?Argentina Doesn’t Have A Prayer Today. Lucky Them?|Kevin Bleyer|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the 40-minute “sermon,” there is hardly a mention of the Divine.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified|Gene Robinson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You just run right into your study, Mr. Elliot, and finish your sermon; and there's a pan of hot doughnuts on the kitchen table.An Alabaster Box|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
On Friday he betook himself to the church, and read certain passages of his sermon from the pulpit.The Son of a Servant|August Strindberg
Here it was that Jeanne was to hear the sermon, as so many other unhappy creatures had done before her.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)|Anatole France
They won't like him as a sermon so much as a garbage man but he's a sermon just the same.Vignettes Of San Francisco|Almira Bailey
She made a cry of surprise and said, "Then you know all about it, and the sermon was meant for me?"The Christian|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for sermon
- an address of religious instruction or exhortation, often based on a passage from the Bible, esp one delivered during a church service
- a written version of such an address
Word Origin for sermon
Word Origin and History for sermon
c.1200, sarmun, "a discourse upon a text of scripture; what is preached," from Anglo-French sermun, Old French sermon "speech, words, discourse; church sermon, homily" (10c.), from Latin sermonem (nominative sermo) "continued speech, conversation; common talk, rumor; learned talk, discourse; manner of speaking, literary style," originally "a stringing together of words," from PIE *ser-mo-, suffixed form of root *ser- (3) "to line up, join" (see series).
Main modern sense in English and French is elliptical for Latin sermo religiosus. In transferred (non-religious) use from 1590s. The Sermon on the Mount is in 5,6,7 Matt. and 6 Luke. Related: Sermonic; sermonical; sermonish.