• WordNet 3.6
    • n sermon a moralistic rebuke "your preaching is wasted on him"
    • n sermon an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sermon A discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons of Chaucer.
    • Sermon Hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily; -- often in a depreciatory sense.
    • Sermon Specifically, a discourse delivered in public, usually by a clergyman, for the purpose of religious instruction and grounded on some text or passage of Scripture. "This our life exempt from public haunts
      Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in everything."
      "His preaching much, but more his practice, wrought,
      A living sermon of the truths he taught."
    • Sermon To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.
    • v. i Sermon To speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon. "What needeth it to sermon of it more?"
    • Sermon To tutor; to lecture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sermon A speech, discourse, or writing.
    • n sermon A discourse delivered by a clergyman, licentiate, or other person, for the purpose of religious instruction and edification, during divine service, usually founded upon or in elucidation of some text or passage of Scripture.
    • n sermon Hence.
    • n sermon A written dissertation of similar character.
    • n sermon Any serious address on a moral or religious theme, whether delivered or published, by a clergyman or by a layman: as, a lay sermon.
    • n sermon Any serious exhortation, counsel, or reproof: usually in an admonitory or reprobatory sense.
    • n sermon Synonyms Sermon, Homily, Exhortation. Sermon is the standard word for a formal address on a religious subject, founded upon a text of Scripture. Homily is an old word for the same thing, especially for an exposition of doctrine, but is now more often used for a conversational address, shorter than a sermon, of much directness and seriousness, perhaps upon a point of duty. Exhortation is occasionally used for a religious address appealing to one's conscience or calling one to the performance of duty in general or some specific duty.
    • sermon To discourse of, as in a sermon.
    • sermon To tutor; lecture.
    • sermon To compose or deliver a sermon; discourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sermon sėr′mon a discourse on a text of Scripture delivered during divine service: any serious address, any serious counsel, admonition, or reproof
    • v.t Sermon to tutor, to lecture
    • v.t Sermon to preach a sermon to
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”
  • Vance Havner
    “The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.”
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    “A good example is the best sermon.”
  • Jean Paul
    “No author can be as moral as his work and no preacher as pious as his sermons.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.”
  • George F. Pentecost
    George F. Pentecost
    “If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sermoun, sermun, F. sermon, fr. L. sermo, -onis, a speaking, discourse, probably fr. serer, sertum, to join, connect; hence, a connected speech. See Series


In literature:

Upon this he hath many excellent reflections in his sermons, particularly in that sermon from Deut.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
He was an old man now, but a vigorous one, and his sermons were still strong and full of the fire of his earlier years.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
His funeral sermon was preached by the Rev.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The very air of the church seemed electric as the young minister opened the Bible and began his sermon.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Sermons out of Church.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
It was a good sermon.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Anna Howard Shaw gave the sermon, a matchless discourse on The Heavenly Vision.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The Jews were to attend his next sermon.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Present-day sermons tell us chiefly of God's goodness; older sermons tell us chiefly of what is called his justice.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote

In poetry:

I ALLUS hated goin' to t' kirk,
An' preachin' doant do owt
To help a man 'at's gone astray;
To sermons, I think nowt!
"Shepherd Agnostic" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
'Come down out of your dusty shrine
The living dust to see,
The flowers that at your sermon's end
Stand blazing silently.
"The Praise Of Dust" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
To help our tired hope to toil,
Lo! have we not the council here
Of trees, that to all hope appear
As sermons of the soil?
"Encouragement" by Madison Julius Cawein
In the minister's morning sermon
He had told of the primal fall,
And how thenceforth the wrath of God
Rested on each and all.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I cheerful said, always some good
Falls in our way, however vext;
Though scarce a worshipper, I would,
If not a sermon, find a text.
"A Winter Walk" by John Albee
Her mother told me this: I caught
A glimpse of something more:
Great meanings often hide behind
The little word before!
And I brooded over my new text
Till the seed a sermon bore.
"An Old Sermon With a New Text" by George MacDonald

In news:

The withdrawal of Mark Valeski, which allows Optimizer to run, Rousing Sermon 's work, gallops from Alpha, Went the Day Well, Trinniberg, and Prospective, new arrivals, and more.
Rousing Sermon Works, Hollendorfer Pleased.
Life of Christ Sermon Series.
Wright Criticizes Obama During Heated DC Sermon .
Public Image Ltd Lead a Fiery Sermon in Los Angeles.
Are My Sermons Making a Difference.
It's the sermon that changed the way Oprah sees her life.
Watch as Pastor Joel Osteen, one of America's favorite preachers, reveals the power of the words "I am" during a Sunday sermon at Lakewood Church in Houston.
Steubenville-area churches have announced the following sermon themes for their Sunday services.
Steele said the FBI actually looked through manuscripts from several of his sermons and he also voluntarily gave the agents copies of the sermons , which he says support his claim he did not call for violence.
Legendary EPMD front man Erick Sermon has suffered a heart attack.
Although Rafsanjani delivered his two sermons seemingly in the framework of unifying the nation, it was unmistakeably highly critical of the hard-liners.
Titanic Sermon - Senior Pastor Dean Rutherford of Hemet Valley Christian Church will pay homage to the historic sinking of the S.S. Titanic on its 100th year anniversary.
The sermon is open to the public.
How many of us have heard sermons that made us squirm uncomfortably?I'm talking about those sermons that challenge the way we do things or those that force us to confront our apathy on certain issues.

In science:

The location of the conference in Finland makes it appropriate to end the lecture with a Lutheran sermon.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Tampere has a number of beautiful stone churches, and, in touring them, we learned that sermons play an important role in the Finnish Lutheran traditions.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Philosophy is neither a science nor a perceptual sermon.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures