A sermon is a speech, usually religious in nature, given by a priest, preacher, rabbi, or other religious leader as part of a service.

Although most sermons focus on Bible passages, you can use the word sermon more generally to refer to any speech that contains a moral lesson. Sports coaches are known to deliver moving sermons, as are teachers and camp counselors. But if you come in late, after missing your curfew, the last thing you want to hear is a sermon by your mom on the importance of keeping your word.

Definitions of sermon

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

discourse, preaching
Sermon on the Mount
the first major discourse delivered by Jesus (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49)
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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
zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
homily, preachment
a sermon on a moral or religious topic
evangelism at a distance by the use of television
Type of:
address, speech
the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

n a moralistic rebuke

Type of:
lecture, speech, talking to
a lengthy rebuke

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