• WordNet 3.6
    • n preacher someone whose occupation is preaching the gospel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was an army general during the Liberia Civil War who used to lead his army into battle naked. His nickname was "General Butt Naked." Joshua Milton Blahyi (his real name) is now an evangelical preacher in Monrovia
    • Preacher One who inculcates anything with earnestness. "No preacher is listened to but Time."
    • Preacher One who preaches; one who discourses publicly on religious subjects. "How shall they hear without a preacher ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first man to distill bourbon whiskey in the United States was a Baptist preacher, in 1789.
    • n preacher One who preaches; one who discourses publicly, especially on religious subjects; specifically, a clergyman.
    • n preacher One who inculcates or asseverates anything with earnestness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Preacher one who discourses publicly on religious matter: a minister or clergyman
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  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man.”
  • Vance Havner
    “The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “You may drive a dog off the King's armchair, and it will climb into the preacher's pulpit; he views the world unmoved, unembarrassed, unabashed.”
  • William A. Sunday
    William A. Sunday
    “If there is no Hell a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. preeschierre, prescheur, F. prêcheur, L. praedicator,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prêcher (It. predicare)—L. prædicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.


In literature:

If he gets educated, he wants at once to be a doctor, a lawyer, or, still more, a preacher.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
What march of opinions can be traced from mind to mind among preachers such as these?
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Dere wuz a man who folks called a good preacher, but he wuz one of de meanest mens I ever seed.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The preacher offered prayer, read Scripture promises, and spoke feelingly for twenty minutes.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
I can say Amen to the preacher's sermon and stand up in prayer-meeting and tell how the Lord has blessed me.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Preacher Whitfield, bein' a preacher, wus supposed to be good, but he ain't half fed ner clothed his slaves an' he whupped 'em bad.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
A tap came on the preacher's door, and he opened it to the old woman.
"Americans All" by Various
He turned to the preacher.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
The mass of the people must have native teachers and preachers to serve as leaders.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
The preacher came to the front door to-day and asked to see Mrs. Quivers.
"Mam' Lyddy's Recognition" by Thomas Nelson Page
He's a good preacher, but sorter like my young horse Selim.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Such a man was Hillard Watts, the Cottontown preacher.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
And I can assure you Mr Bagnall is thought a first-class preacher.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Evidently being a professor in a university was no light thing to a Western preacher.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Young local preacher, why not when thou preachest the next time?
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
It is said that the printing-press has superseded the preacher, and must more and more supersede him.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
Folks didn't call their preachers Tom, Dick, and Harry, and Jim and Sam, like they do now.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
During the latter part of the week all London was agog over the Canadian preachers.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
His mother was sprinkled by a Methodist white preacher, but he was baptized by a colored preacher.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Those preachers who declared themselves against it had to follow their bishops to prison.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke

In poetry:

If the dove preached from her bough
and the lamb from his sod,
The lamb and dove
Were preachers sent from God.
"Bird Or Beast?" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Not that it gave them joy to hear
The preacher tell it: they had heard
The tale so oft within the year,
They almost knew it word for word :
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
Then down into the waters of the lake,
The preacher and believer slowly came,
Not heeding scornful words for His dear sake,
Who bore the cross for us despised the shame
"Baptism In Lake Aluumette" by Nora Pembroke
Or did the Preacher from another land
Reach forth, and touch him with a brother's hand,
Saying, "I touch thee with my spirit, and lo!
Come thou, and be with us, and all our band."
"Omar Khayyam" by Alexander Anderson
Not from the heart beneath—-
'Twas a bubble born of breath,
Neither sneer nor vaunt,
Nor reproach nor taunt. See a word, how it severeth!
Oh, power of life and death
In the tongue, as the Preacher saith!
"A Lovers' Quarrel" by Robert Browning
"Brothers o' mine, brothers o' mine,"
Quoted the preacher, with dolorous drone:
"The Lord He hath given thee all that is thine.
Love ye not gold for itself alone.
E'er to the fallen thy mercy incline,
Love thou thy neighbour! O, brothers o' mine."
"Brothers O' Mine" by C J Dennis

In news:

The "Last Exorcism" follows the story of a preacher who's lost his faith and is tired of "faking it".
LONDON—Radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada on Monday won his appeal against deportation from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges.
Duluth Preacher's Criminal History.
A lay preacher, who won a legal battle to preach his religious views inside the popular family attraction Bentleyville, is a registered sex offender.
I should be proud to have him turn out a preacher or a learned man.
Recently our preacher spoke about the Creation and God's plan for man.
Teacher, Preacher Indicted for Child Exploitation .
A judge has ruled in favor of two preachers who want to loudly proclaim their Christian faith at Duluth's Bentleyville Tour of lights.
Holy entertainment or a hot mess in the making: Show on preachers' wives.
Served 12 years for manslaughter before he takesover at churchas new preacher.
He's equal parts Baptist preacher, prophet, teacher and Red Skelton.
Street preacher James Lyman wears a devil outfit as he demonstrates along the road Friday prior to the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Manchester.
This entry was posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 12:00 am and is filed under Prince of Preachers.
After he was told he didn't have the skills to be a preacher, he turned to art.
Shia LaBeouf's Jack Bondurant pursues the local preacher's daughter (Mia Wasikowska) in "Lawless.".

In science:

To assign a confidence level to this result, we apply Fisher’s Exact Test because our data closely approximate the conditions for its validity and because it is widely regarded as accurate and conservative even for relatively small sample sizes (Preacher & Briggs 2001).
Testing the Disk-Locking Paradigm: An Association Between U-V Excess and Rotation in NGC 2264
Preacher, K. J., & Briggs, N. E. 2001, Calculation for Fisher’s Exact Test: An interactive calculation tool for Fisher’s exact probability test for 2 x 2 tables [Computer software].
Testing the Disk-Locking Paradigm: An Association Between U-V Excess and Rotation in NGC 2264