[ sur-muh-nahyz ]
/ ˈsɜr məˌnaɪz /

verb (used without object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.

to deliver or compose a sermon; preach.

verb (used with object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.

to give exhortation to; lecture.
Also especially British, ser·mon·ise.

Origin of sermonize

First recorded in 1625–35; sermon + -ize
Related formsser·mon·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sermonize



/ (ˈsɜːməˌnaɪz) /


to talk to or address (a person or audience) as if delivering a sermon
Derived Formssermonizer or sermoniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for sermonize



1630s, from Medieval Latin sermonizari, from Latin sermo (see sermon). "Chiefly depreciatory" [OED]. Related: Sermonizing.

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