1. [syn: homily, preachment]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Homily \Hom"i*ly\, n.; pl. Homilies. [LL. homilia, Gr. ?
communion, assembly, converse, sermon, fr. ? an assembly, fr.
? same; cf. ? together, and ? crowd, cf. ? to press: cf. F.
hom['e]lie. See Same.]
1. A discourse or sermon read or pronounced to an audience; a
serious discourse. --Shak.
2. A serious or tedious exhortation in private on some moral
point, or on the conduct of life.
As I have heard my father
Deal out in his long homilies. --Byron.
Book of Homilies. A collection of authorized, printed
sermons, to be read by ministers in churches, esp. one
issued in the time of Edward VI., and a second, issued in
the reign of Elizabeth; -- both books being certified to
contain a "godly and wholesome doctrine."
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a sermon on a moral or religious topic [syn: homily,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
69 Moby Thesaurus words for "homily":
article, assignment, causerie, chalk talk, descant, discourse,
discussion, disquisition, dissertation, essay, etude, examination,
excursus, exercise, exposition, feature, first approach, harangue,
homework, instruction, introductory study, lecture,
lecture-demonstration, lesson, lucubration, memoir, monograph,
moral, moral lesson, morality, moralization, morceau, note,
object lesson, outline, pandect, paper, paragraph, piece,
preachification, preaching, preachment, prelection,
preliminary study, prolegomenon, recital, recitation,
religious discourse, research paper, screed, sermon, sermonette,
set task, sketch, skull session, special article, study, survey,
talk, task, teaching, term paper, theme, thesis, tract, tractate,
travelogue, treatise, treatment