• (RP) IPA: /ˈhɒmɪli/
  • (GA, Canada) IPA: /ˈhɑmɪli/

homily (plural homilies)

  1. (Christianity) A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter#Noun|matter.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii], page 196 ↗, column 1:
      O moſt gentle Iupiter! What tedious homilie of Loue haue you wearied your pariſhioners withall, and neuer cri'de, haue patience good people.
  2. A moralizing lecture#Noun|lecture.
    • 1821, Lord Byron, “Sardanapalus”, in Sardanapalus, a Tragedy; The Two Foscari, a Tragedy; Cain, a Mystery, London: John Murray, […], OCLC 317087118 ↗, Act II, scene ii, page 385 ↗:
      But if it be as I have heard my father / Deal out in his long homilies, 'tis a thing— / Oh God! I dare no think on 't!
  3. A platitude.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: поуче́ние

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