• A couple preach to a crowd
    A couple preach to a crowd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n preaching a moralistic rebuke "your preaching is wasted on him"
    • n preaching an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
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St. Paul Preaching at Athens St. Paul Preaching at Athens

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Preaching prēch"ĭng The act of delivering a religious discourse; the art of sermonizing; also, a sermon; a public religious discourse; serious, earnest advice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preaching The act or practice of delivering public discourses, particularly upon moral or religious subjects; the art of delivering sermons.
    • n preaching That which is preached; a sermon; doctrine; theory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Preaching the act of preaching: a public religious discourse: a sermon
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Nothing preaches better than the act.”
  • Martin Luther
    “You should not believe your conscience and your feelings more than the word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Camerado, I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself?”
  • St. Francis of Assisi
    “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The wicked work harder to preach hell than the righteous do to get to heaven.”
  • Richard Baxter
    Richard Baxter
    “I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”


Practise what you preach - If you practise what you preach, you do what you say other people should do.(In American English, the verb is 'practice')
Preaching to the choir - If someone preaches to the choir, they talking about a subject or issue with which their audience already agrees. ('Preaching to the converted' is an alternative form.)


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prêcher (It. predicare)—L. prædicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.


In literature:

Between love-feast and preaching on Sunday morning, the presiding elder, the Rev.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
It was intended to have a sermon preached to the whole crew in the afternoon, but the weather proved too cold.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
I preach, and rejoice that I have to preach, a 'Christ that died, yea!
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The King Himself went forth to preach the good news, and to describe His Kingdom and the character of His subjects.
"The Kingdom of Heaven; What is it?" by Edward Burbidge
Vernon could not preach what he did believe, and would not preach, more than was absolutely necessary, what he did not believe.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He preaches some but the WPA supports him now.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
It 's a mighty hard case to preach about.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It was believed that the preaching of the Gospel would clear away the obstacle which was created by the diversity of idioms.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
While preaching at Cynthiana my spinal trouble returned, causing me to close abruptly, and I could preach no more till July.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
This creed is assiduously preached by divekeepers and madams throughout the world.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Luther preached against the uprising, but it was not to be checked.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Being a student of divinity he was at liberty to preach, but conscious ignorance had hitherto restrained him.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
He believed himself to have renewed the days of the preaching of the Apostles, and attributed to himself all the honour.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
She delighted in preaching to it this sentence of annihilation.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
He came hither to us, yet neither preached to us nor prayed with us.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Mr. Copeland, by appointment, preached before the Virginia Company, at Bow Church.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
On a certain day, Deipinkara was travelling through the country for the twofold purpose of preaching the law and collecting his food.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
I seek to preach the natural laws of man.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
As such he preached as long as he was allowed to preach within the Establishment.
"A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield" by John Charles Ryle
Some time elapsed before preaching commenced.
"Life in Dixie during the War" by Mary A. H. Gay

In poetry:

We pray that you may early prove
The Spirit's power to teach;
You cannot be too young to love
That Jesus whom we preach.
"Olney Hymn 22: Prayer For A Blessing In The Young" by William Cowper
Such was Caleb's earnest answer
To the preacher's solemn call
On the worshipers of Him who
Said, "My gospel preach to all."
"Caleb's Vision" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
They preach men should not faint, but pray,
And seek until they find;
But God is very far away,
Nor is his countenance kind.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
And when we saw him rise again
High o'er the hills at morn—
God's glorious prophet daily born
To preach good will to men—
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But his eyes are looking backward,
In pauses of mortal strife,
And he sees the quiet village,
Where he preached the word of life.
"A Legend Of Buckingham Village" by Nora Pembroke
Preach the Gospel, make it clear,
By the blood of Christ remission;
Give the message, make them hear,
This alone is our commission.
"Preach The Gospel" by Daniel Webster Moody

In news:

Deciding to practice what she preached, this writer strengthened her writing and landed a publisher.
If you're planning to come to the 8:15pm service, this is what I'll be preaching.
Did Christian Brothers University make the right decision by withdrawing an invitation to host a conference featuring a Catholic theologian who supports women's ordination and who preached at a family member's same-sex wedding.
It's a high honor to be offering the commencement address to seminarians studying theology here in our capital city, determined to engage the world for Christ and preach the Good News to people hungry for it.
New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews kept a New Orleans Jazz Fest crowd laughing, cheering and nodding in agreement this afternoon as he preached his colorful opinions on the Crescent City's music scene.
It is always good to return home, and with that attitude my wife and I returned to the United States last week after having spent a month in Rome, Italy, where I preached four Sundays at the Pont Sant' Angelo Methodist Church.
Crawford wins, McMillan preaches that it's uncool to be cool: Blazers practice report.
Jeremiah Wright Jr, preaches last sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ .
Jeremiah Wright Jr preached his final sermon Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ , leaving a 36-year legacy as pastor and activist in the black community.
Garden designer Gordon Hayward preaches accessibility and sustainability.
Steve Jankowski, of Duluth, preached to Dennis Oberg, 15, and Justin McConnell, 17, both of Cloquet, during the Bentleyville display of lights at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Thursday.
Oral Roberts' gay grandson to preach tolerance in Minnesota.
Detroit chamber chief preaches collaboration in W. Pure Michigan sticks with strategies that helped hotels — and also steps up to the plate.
An excerpt from Timothy George's homily for Chuck Colson, preached May 16 at the Washington National Cathedral.
Once upon a time, ministry involved preaching, counseling, leading worship and guiding congregations in mission.

In science:

However, at the same time as I preach that skeptical theorists should take on this challenge, I warn the experimentalists that the most aggressive (optimistic) estimates of theoretical uncertainties are often not reliable.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
This phase continues and involves physicists preaching all kinds of interpretations of quantum mechanics, including the orthodoxy.
On the Paradoxical Book of Bell
Mueller’s feverish rhetorics (“nonsense”) or threats (“do not even think of applying these models at RHIC”) would be expected in preachings of a sect but not in a summary talk at a physics conference .
Collective flow and QCD phase transition