• A couple preach to a crowd
    A couple preach to a crowd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v preach speak, plead, or argue in favor of "The doctor advocated a smoking ban in the entire house"
    • v preach deliver a sermon "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

St. Paul Preaching at Athens St. Paul Preaching at Athens

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Preach A religious discourse.
    • Preach To advise or recommend earnestly. "My master preaches patience to him."
    • Preach To deliver or pronounce; as, to preach a sermon.
    • Preach To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher.
    • Preach To inculcate in public discourse; to urge with earnestness by public teaching. "I have preached righteousness in the great congregation."
    • Preach To proclaim by public discourse; to utter in a sermon or a formal religious harangue. "That Cristes gospel truly wolde preche .""The Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek."
    • Preach To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon. "How shall they preach , except they be sent?""From that time Jesus began to preach ."
    • Preach To teach or instruct by preaching; to inform by preaching. "As ye are preached ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preach To make a public announcement; especially, to pronounce a public discourse upon a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; deliver a sermon.
    • preach To give earnest advice, especially on religious or moral subjects; also, to give advice obtrusively on religious or moral matters.
    • preach To proclaim as a herald; declare; make known; publish.
    • preach To inculcate (especially religious or moral truth or right conduct) in public or private discourse.
    • preach To deliver, as a public religious discourse; pronounce, as a sermon.
    • preach To affect by preaching, in a manner indicated by the context: as, to preach one into a penitent or a rebellious mood.
    • preach To silence or suppress by preaching: as, to preach down unbelief.
    • n preach A sermon; a religious discourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Preach prēch to pronounce a public discourse on sacred subjects: to discourse earnestly: to give advice in an offensive or obtrusive manner
    • v.t Preach to publish in religious discourses: to deliver, as a sermon: to teach publicly
    • n Preach (coll.) a sermon
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Nothing preaches better than the act.”
  • 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.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “He preaches well that lives well.”


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.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. prêcher, fr. L. praedicare, to cry in public, to proclaim; prae, before + dicare, to make known, dicere, to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL. praedictare,. See Diction, and cf. Predicate Predict


In literature:

I preached again three times on the Lord's day, none saying we wish you not to preach, though many of the hearers did not hear with enjoyment.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
How is a dead man profited, however much life may be preached to him, if that preaching does not make him live?
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Soon after his graduation, in 1733, he commenced preaching.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Thus you see the right method of preaching.
"The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained" by Martin Luther
In preaching they are to go one by one, and they are to preach to all.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
I preached what I felt.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Preach to a tiger and he will eat you.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He called the disciples together, gave them full instructions, and sent them out in all directions to preach his doctrine.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
His command was ever, 'Preach the gospel, heal the sick!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The church is a place only for preaching.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson

In poetry:

A happy vicar I might have been
Two hundred years ago
To preach upon eternal doom
And watch my walnuts grow;
"A Little Poem" by George Orwell
"O preach my gospel," saith the Lord,
"Bid the whole earth my grace receive;
He shall be saved that trusts my word,
He shall be damned that won't believe.
"Hymn 128" by Isaac Watts
For what can we tell to the weary of heart,
If we preach not salvation from sin?
And how can we comfort the souls that depart,
If we tell not how Christ rose again?
"They Tell Me the Story of Jesus Is Old" by Daniel Webster Moody
Awake again in Asia, Lord of Peace,
Awake and preach, for her far swordsmen rise.
And would they sheathe the sword before you, friend,
Or scorn your way, while looking in your eyes?
"To Buddha" by Vachel Lindsay
Our blessed Saviour pass'd the live-long night
In prayer — though nor sin, nor guilt he knew,
And spent each day, as long as it was light,
In preaching to a dull and thankless crew.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
And still I preached, and wrought, and still I bore my message,
For well I knew that on and upward without cease
The spirit works for ever, and by Faith and Presage
That somehow yet the end of human life is Peace.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Mark Kiyimba will preach at Columbia Unitarian Universalist Church's morning and evening services Nov 27.
Vitamin D Deserves More Attention Medical Students Practice What They Preach.
Helen Ukpabio, author of "Unveiling the Mysteries of Witchcraft," preached last week to a small group in Houston.
Luke Witte , Former Cavalier, to preach at Aldersgate.
Son of a Presbyterian minister, Wilson used the presidency to preach Christian concepts of morality.
In wake of teen's death, 'Kimmie's Law' preaches zero tolerance for inhalant use.
Preaching festival at Baylor University.
Lucinda Baptist Church, located on County Road 66 in Proctorville, invites all to services at 10 am Sundays, with preaching beginning at 11 am Sundays.
Preaching also begins at 7 pm Wednesdays.
Tigers coaching staff preaching communication among players in preparation for Louisville.
Mad Ants ' Ticknor preaches hard work.
That's the unofficial motto at some Albuquerque-area churches, where fear of a possible violent incident has prompted pastors to arm themselves while preaching from the pulpit.
Larry Hagman, star of television's 1980s hit "Dallas" and the 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," was an energy conservationist who practiced what he preached.
Mitt Romney made an important speech at Liberty University, preaching the virtues of tolerance.
When journalists preach on sport's Big Themes, they're lecturing the wayward.

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