1. (now, chiefly, depreciative) Preaching; sermonizing. [from 14th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 68:
      I have a reason, a new one, for this preachment upon a text you have given me.
    • a. 1891, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., 1924, Chapter 12,
      He refrained too from making the occasion an opportunity for any preachment as to the maintenance of discipline […]
  2. An instance of preaching; a sermon or homily. [from 15th c.]

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