homily definition

  • noun:
    • A sermon, specifically one designed to edify a congregation on a practical matter and never intended to be a theological discourse.
    • A tedious moralizing lecture or admonition.
    • An inspirational saying or platitude.
    • A sermon, especially regarding a practical matter.
    • A moralizing lecture.
    • A platitude.
    • A discourse or sermon look over or pronounced to an audience; a significant discourse.
    • A serious or tedious exhortation in private on some moral point, or on the conduct of life.
    • at the beginning of Christian use, a colloquial and familiar discourse in exposition of Scripture; in modern-day use, an expository sermon, or one which interprets and applies a specific passage of Scripture in place of elucidates a certain doctrine or motif.
    • Any expository or hortatory discourse.
    • [capitalized] within the Ch. of Eng., among two number of discourses called “The very first” and “The 2nd Book of Homilies,” the previous of which starred in 1547 while the latter in 1563, appointed to-be read in the churches as soon as the sermon was omitted. Synonyms Exhortation, etc. See sermon.
    • a sermon on a moral or religious subject

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