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SERMON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sermon mean? 

SERMON (noun)
  The noun SERMON has 2 senses:

1. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
2. a moralistic rebuke

  Familiarity information: SERMON used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SERMON (noun)


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Meaning:

An address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

preaching; sermon; discourse

Hypernyms ("sermon" is a kind of...):

address; speech (the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience)

Domain category:

church; church service (a service conducted in a house of worship)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sermon"):

baccalaureate (a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies)

kerugma; kerygma (preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church)

evangelism (zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel)

homily; preachment (a sermon on a moral or religious topic)

Instance hyponyms:

Sermon on the Mount (the first major discourse delivered by Jesus (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49))


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Meaning:

A moralistic rebuke

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

preaching; sermon

Context example:

your preaching is wasted on him

Hypernyms ("sermon" is a kind of...):

lecture; speech; talking to (a lengthy rebuke)


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