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homily

Definition:

a sermon on a moral or religious topic

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Related to:

homiletic

Derivatives:

homiletic | homiletical

Plural:

homilies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

preachment

Etymology:

omelye, from Old French omelie (12th century, Mod.French homélie), from Church...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Homily

a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a homily is usually given during Mass at the end of the Liturgy of the Word. Many people consider it synonymous with a sermon. The General... (42 of 1483 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Homily

Collins Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural] | homilist [noun, derived]

a sermon or discourse on a moral or religious topic | moralizing talk or writing (14 of 514 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/homily

Merriam-Webster:

homily | homilies [plural] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | sermon [synonym, sense-specific] | sermonette [similar, sense-specific] | address [similar, sense-specific] | lecture [similar, sense-specific] | speech [similar, sense-specific] | talk [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a usually short sermon | a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme | an inspirational catchphrase ; also, "platitude" (20 of 135 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/homily

Oxford Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural] | homilist [derived]

a religious discourse which is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction. | a tedious moralizing lecture (18 of 73 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/homily

American Heritage Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural] | homilist [noun, related]

A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse. | A tedious moralizing ... (24 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/homily

Macmillan British Dictionary:

homily [countable] | homilies [plural]

a short speech advising someone how to behave. This word usually shows that you think the advice is boring | a speech, usually given in church, on a ... (27 of 63 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/homily

Columbia Encyclopedia:

homily

type of oral religious instruction delivered to a church congregation. In the patristic period through the Middle Ages the focus of the homily was on ... (25 of 57 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0824058​.html

New World Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

a sermon, especially one centering on Scriptural texts | a solemn, moralizing talk or writing, especially if long or dull (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/homily

Random House Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

a sermon, usually on a Biblical topic and usually of a nondoctrinal nature. | an admonitory or moralizing discourse. | an inspirational saying or ... (22 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/homily

Cambridge Dictionary:

homily [disapproving]

a piece of spoken or written advice about how someone should behave (12 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/homily

Wiktionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter. | A moralizing lecture. | A platitude. (12 of 20 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/homily

Encarta Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

a sermon or other piece of writing on a moral or religious topic | a speech or other piece of writing with a moralizing theme (disapproving) | in the ... (27 of 92 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861618476​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

homily

First use: late 14th century

Origin: omelye, from Old French omelie (12th century, Mod.French homélie), from Church Latin homilia "a homily, sermon", from ... (20 of 65 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=homily

Merriam-Webster:

homily | homilies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English omelie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin homilia, from Late Greek, from Greek, conversation, discourse, from ... (19 of 33 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/homily

American Heritage Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Origin: Middle English omelie, from Old French, from Late Latin homīlia, from Greek homīliā, discourse, from homīlos, ... (16 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/homily

New World Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Origin: Middle English omelye from Old French omelie from ecclesiastical Late Latin homilia, sermon from Greek, converse, instruction (in ... (18 of 24 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/homily

Collins Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Church Latin homīlia, from Greek: discourse, from homilein to converse with, from homilos crowd, from homou together + ilē crowd

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/homily

Oxford Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Greek, "discourse, conversation" (in ecclesiastical use, "sermon"), ... (18 of 21 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/homily

Wiktionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek ὁμιλία ("conversation; sermon").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/homily

Encarta Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Greek homilia "sermon" from homilos "crowd"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861618476​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Audio: Canadian English pronunciation of "homily" by speech synthesizer

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/homily

Collins Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "homily"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/homily

Macmillan British Dictionary:

homily [countable] | homilies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "homily"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/homily

Macmillan American Dictionary:

homily [countable] | homilies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "homily"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/homily

Cambridge Dictionary:

homily [disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "homily"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "homily"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/homily

the Free Dictionary:

homily

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "homily"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "homily"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "homily" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/homily

Google Dictionary:

homily | homilies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "homily"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

homily

Audio: North American pronunciation of "homily"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=homily​01 word=homily

YourDictionary Audio:

homily

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "homily" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/homily

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