homily

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English omelye, from Old French omelie, from Ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Ancient Greek ὁμιλία (homilia, conversation; sermon).

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homily (plural homilies)

  1. A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.

"O most gentle Jupiter! What tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried 'Have patience, good people.'" -- Shakespeare

  1. A moralizing lecture.
    • Byron
      As I have heard my father / Deal out in his long homilies.
  2. A platitude.

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