preachment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n preachment a sermon on a moral or religious topic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Preachment A religious harangue; a sermon; -- used derogatively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n preachment A sermon; a lecture upon moral or religious subjects; hence, in contempt, any discourse affectedly solemn, or full of obtrusive or tedious advice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Preachment a sermon, in contempt: a discourse affectedly solemn
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Work and community life are the chief themes of the preachment.
"A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections" by Isabel Florence Hapgood
A pretty preachment he's givin' us about coffins and them like things.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Christian parents do not wish their children to follow either the letter or the spirit of this famous preachment.
"The Mistakes of Jesus" by William Floyd
Their diplomacy is a tangled preachment, and texts are their war-cries.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
It is signed simply N.N.A., and has not a word of 'cant' or preachment in it upon my opinions.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
His preachments were sufficiently horrible.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
It was through thy preachment.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Neither preachments nor platitudes, nor punishments, nor legislative blunderings.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
When his companions were heated with gin; "Now," said Jack, "I'll treat you with a sermon, and a very pretty preachment it is.
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
It is very easy to make preachments about slavery and to express our moral indignation at such a scandalous institution.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
The last act might take on the nature of a philosophic tag, a preachment not organically related to the preceding parts.
"How to See a Play" by Richard Burton
It took time which might be used for preachment.
"The Dual Alliance" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Did the preachment afflict thee which I delivered the other day upon thy levity and riotous living?
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller
Preliminary preachment will spoil it all.
"Sunday-School Success" by Amos R. Wells
To live with Muriel was a preachment, as I have often had occasion since to find.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
Other rights are theories, views, preachments!
"Beaumaroy Home from the Wars" by Anthony Hope
In so doing, the practice has been the exact opposite of the preachment.
"Defenseless America" by Hudson Maxim
For mine own part, methought his very countenance was a preachment.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
To live with Muriel was a preachment, as I have often had occasion since to find.
"Constance Sherwood" by Lady Georgiana Fullerton
Some he reached by his preachment of the principles of trade unionism.
"The Walking Delegate" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

"Could I sit then and listen to preachments on turning the cheek
to the blow,
And saying a prayer for the smiter, and holding my seen treasure low
For the sake of a treasure unseen? By the sledge of the Thunderer, no!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone