sermon

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See also: Sermon and sermón

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English sermoun, from Anglo-Norman sermun and/or Old French sermon, from Latin sermō, sermōnem.

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sermon (plural sermons)

  1. Religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
  2. A lengthy speech of reproval.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English sermonen, from Old French sermoner, from sermon (see above).

Verb[edit]

sermon (third-person singular simple present sermons, present participle sermoning, simple past and past participle sermoned)

  1. (poetic, obsolete) To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.
    • January 23 1583, Edmund Spenser, letter to Walter Raleigh
      To some I know this methode will seem displeasaunt, which had rather have good discipline delivered plainly in way of precepts, or sermoned at large, as they use, then thus clowdily enwrapped in allegorical devises
  2. (poetic, obsolete) To tutor; to lecture.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sermon in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French sermon, from Latin sermō, sermōnem.

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sermon m (plural sermons)

  1. sermon (religious speech)
  2. sermon (lengthy reproval)

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman sermun.

Noun[edit]

sermon

  1. Alternative form of sermoun

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French sermoner.

Verb[edit]

sermon

  1. Alternative form of sermonen

Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin sermō, sermōnem.

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sermon m (oblique plural sermons, nominative singular sermons, nominative plural sermon)

  1. sermon (religious)

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