Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a moralistic rebuke
  2. (noun, communication) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

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Synonyms of Sermon

discourse, preaching

Alternate forms of Sermon

Derivations: sermonise, sermonize

Hyponyms: baccalaureate, evangelism, homily, kerugma, kerygma, preachment

Hypernyms: address, lecture, speech, talking to

Origin of the word Sermon

  1. c.1200, from Anglo-Fr. sermun, O.Fr. sermon, from L. sermonem (nom. sermo) "discourse, speech, talk," originally "a stringing together of words," related to serere "to join" (see series). Main sense in Eng. and Fr. is eliptical for L. sermo religiosus. Dim. form sermonette is attested from 1814. more

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