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homily (plural homilies)
- A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.
(Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare,:
- O most gentle Jupiter! What tedious homily of love have / you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried 'Have / patience, good people.'
- A moralizing lecture.
- As I have heard my father / Deal out in his long homilies.
- A platitude.