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homily vs. sermon

[ hom-uh-lee ]
  1. a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctrinal nature.
  2. an admonitory or moralizing discourse.
  3. an inspirational saying or cliché.
[ sur-muhn ]
  1. 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.
  2. any serious speech, discourse, or exhortation, especially on a moral issue.
  3. a long, tedious speech.

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