• WordNet 3.6
    • n pulpit a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Nicholas County, W. Va., no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during a church service.
    • Pulpit A desk, or platform, for an orator or public speaker.
    • Pulpit An elevated place, or inclosed stage, in a church, in which the clergyman stands while preaching. "I stand like a clerk in my pulpit ."
    • a Pulpit Of or pertaining to the pulpit, or preaching; as, a pulpit orator; pulpit eloquence.
    • Pulpit The whole body of the clergy; preachers as a class; also, preaching. "I say the pulpit in the sober use
      Of its legitimate, peculiar powers
      Must stand acknowledged, while the world shall stand,
      The most important and effectual guard,
      Support, and ornament of virtue's cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pulpit A rostrum or elevated platform from which a speaker addresses an audience or delivers an oration; specifically, in the Christian church, an elevated and more or less inclosed platform from which the preacher delivers his sermon and, in churches of many denominations, conducts the service.
    • n pulpit A bow of iron lashed to the end of the bowsprit of a whaling-vessel, and forming a support for the waist of the harpooner, to insure his safety.
    • pulpit Of or pertaining to the pulpit or preachers and their teaching: as, pulpit eloquence; pulpit utterances.
    • pulpit To place in or supply with a pulpit.
    • n pulpit In mech.: The elevated platform or gallery from which the operation of a large central electrical station for power or lighting is supervised.
    • n pulpit A raised platform on which the operator of a machine stands so that he may oversee the machine as it works, or the process as it advances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pulpit pōōl′pit a platform for speaking from: an elevated or enclosed place in a church where the sermon is delivered: a desk
    • adj Pulpit belonging to the pulpit
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  • Hector Hugh Munro
    “He spends his life explaining from his pulpit that the glory of Christianity consists in the fact that though it is not true it has been found necessary to invent it.”
  • 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.”
  • Cavett Robert
    Cavett Robert
    “When it's foggy in the pulpit it's cloudy in the pew.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pulpitum,: cf. OF. pulpite, F. pulpitre,


In literature:

Undoubtedly, the subjects I have outlined are themes for the pulpit, and for the Bible class, as well as for the visit.
"To My Younger Brethren" by Handley C. G. Moule
But their efforts to "tune the pulpits" were met by a bold defiance.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The pulpit where he was to speak had been filled with filth, and the skin of an ass tacked over the sacred desk.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Women as well as men, we might preach every day, for every duty would be a pulpit, and every trial an oration.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
Students came from all over the country to hear the "greatest pulpit orator" in the land.
"Sixty years with Plymouth Church" by Stephen M. Griswold
For proof, it was represented that I was denied access to the Wesleyan pulpit in this town.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The effort to be popular often resulted in pulpit buffoonery.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Clusters of richly-carved pulpits, rising by threes, in three tiers, fill up either end of the room.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
The elders of the church rose up to a man and declared that no woman should occupy the pulpit of the Putney church.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mrs. Hodges was in her accustomed place on the ladies' side of the pulpit.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In poetry:

"How can I in a pulpit stand
Till my crown feels the Bishop's hand?"
"Leave that to me," the Marquis said,
"There shall be no objection made."
"Receipt To Make A Priest" by William Hutton
There are steeple-houses on every hand,
And pulpits that bless and ban,
And the Lord will not grudge the single church
That is set apart for man.
"In The "Old South"" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Happy the Priest, who in his pulpit dies,
As he the Gospel to his flock displays,
Or in the temple, on his bended knees,
As for the people he devoutly prays.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
The song of the bird-note, the hum of the bee,
The tinkling of waters, the bursting of leaves,
The perfume of flowers, the blossoming tree,
Are sermons from Nature the pulpit ne'er gives.
"The Second Sunday In May" by Jared Barhite
Exalted by the Muse, shall shine
A reverend and a fat Divine;
For if in bulk he shall excel
He'll fit a pulpit twice as well;
And if he runs to twenty stone,
I've stuff enough to work upon.
"The Ant" by William Hutton
What would he find if came he now?
A phantom crown on kingly brow,
Veiled sceptre, trembling throne;
Pulpits where threat and curse have ceased,
And shrines whereat half—sceptic priest
Worships, too oft, alone.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin

In news:

McGarry takes pulpit at St Stephen's.
Pastors picking fight from the pulpit to protest IRS tax code.
1,500 pastors taking part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
From the pulpit to the stage.
Preaching Good Health From The Pulpit .
Pastor Robert Hodo stands next to the pulpit at Mt Hope Baptist Church in Zebulon where he has preached for 40 years.
Pastor Robert Hodo has been preaching from the pulpit of Mt Hope Baptist Church in Zebulon for 40 years but his love for sharing God's word started long before.
Huntersville's progress seen from the pulpit .
Keeping politics out of the pulpit .
Anne's leader took unconventional path to pulpit .
Campaign issues preached biblically from the pulpit .
You probably haven't heard that in church, but for the past several years some pastors have decided to participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday.
The Pulpit and Pew Connection.
Women in the pulpit roil Georgia's Baptists.
As someone who writes on issues of faith, these men are about as far from the pulpit or seminary as one could get.