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NOUN (2)

1. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service);
[syn: sermon, discourse, preaching]

2. a moralistic rebuke;
- Example: "your preaching is wasted on him"
[syn: sermon, preaching]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preach \Preach\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preached; p. pr. & vb. n. Preaching.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, fr. L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before + dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from (assumed) LL. praedictare. See Diction, and cf. Predicate, Predict.] 1. To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject, or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon. [1913 Webster] How shall they preach, except they be sent? --Rom. x. 15. [1913 Webster] From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv. 17. [1913 Webster] 2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse in the manner of a preacher. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preaching \Preach"ing\ (pr[=e]ch"[i^]ng), n. The act of delivering a religious discourse; the art of sermonizing; also, a sermon; a public religious discourse; serious, earnest advice. --Milner. [1913 Webster] Preaching cross, a cross, sometimes surmounting a pulpit, erected out of doors to designate a preaching place. Preaching friars. See Dominican. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "preaching": allurement, blandishment, cajolement, cajolery, coaxing, conning, discourse, engagement, enlistment, exhortation, homily, hortation, inducement, jawboning, lecture, lobbying, persuasion, preach, preachification, preachment, prelection, religious discourse, sales talk, salesmanship, selling, sermon, sermonette, sermonizing, snow job, soft soap, solicitation, suasion, sweet talk, travelogue, wheedling, working on