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Topic: CHRISTIANITY

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin sermo 'speech, conversation'

sermon

noun
     
ser‧mon [countable]
1RRC a talk given as part of a Christian church service, usually on a religious or moral subject
give/preach/deliver a sermon (on something)
The vicar gave a sermon on charity.
2 informal a long talk in which someone tries to give you moral advice that you do not want - used to show disapproval [= lecture]
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