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Meaning of SERMON

Pronunciation:  'surmun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him"
  2. [n]  an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

SERMON is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: discourse, preaching
 See Also: address, baccalaureate, evangelism, homily, kerugma, kerygma, lecture, preachment, Sermon on the Mount, speech, talking to



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ser"mon\, n. [OE. sermoun, sermun, F. sermon, fr. L.
    sermo, -onis, a speaking, discourse, probably fr. serer,
    sertum, to join, connect; hence, a connected speech. See
    1. A discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons
       of Chaucer. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. 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. --Shak.
             His preaching much, but more his practice, wrought,
             A living sermon of the truths he taught. --Dryden.
    3. Hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or
       duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily; -- often in a
       depreciatory sense.
  2. \Ser"mon\, v. i. [Cf. OF. sermoner, F. sermonner to
    lecture one.]
    To speak; to discourse; to compose or deliver a sermon.
    [Obs.] --Holinshed.
          What needeth it to sermon of it more?    --Chaucer.
  3. \Ser"mon\, v. t.
    1. To discourse to or of, as in a sermon. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    2. To tutor; to lecture. [Poetic] --Shak.