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Definition of "homily" []

  • A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse. (noun)
  • A tedious moralizing lecture or admonition. (noun)
  • An inspirational saying or platitude. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "homily" in a sentence
  • "The entire homily is incredible, I would say among the greatest of his pontificate, I will post an English translation once it becomes available (see post above):"
  • "His homily is about "bad people," and his text is an article in Chicago Magazine by a well-meaning journalist who was roughed up by one or more teenagers last year."
  • "The pope read his homily from a text while seated on an altar in center field."