(Ser*moc`i*na"tion) n. [L. sermocinatio. See Sermon.] The making of speeches or
sermons; sermonizing. [Obs.] Peacham.
(Ser*moc"i*na`tor) n. [L.] One who makes sermons or speeches. [Obs.] Howell.
(Ser"mon) n. [OE. sermoun, sermun, F. sermon, fr. L. sermo, -onis, a speaking, discourse,
probably fr. serer, sertum, to join, connect; hence, a connected speech. See Series.]
1. A discourse or address; a talk; a writing; as, the sermons of Chaucer. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. Specifically, a discourse delivered in public, usually by a clergyman, for the purpose of religious instruction
and grounded on some text or passage of Scripture.
This our life exempt from public hauntsShak.
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
stones and good in everything.
His preaching much, but more his practice, wrought,Dryden.
A living sermon of the truths he taught.
3. Hence, a serious address; a lecture on one's conduct or duty; an exhortation or reproof; a homily;
often in a depreciatory sense.
(Ser"mon), v. i. [Cf. OF. sermoner, F. sermonner to lecture one.] To speak; to discourse; to
compose or deliver a sermon. [Obs.] Holinshed.
What needeth it to sermon of it more?Chaucer.
(Ser"mon), v. t.
1. To discourse to or of, as in a sermon. [Obs.] Spenser.
2. To tutor; to lecture. [Poetic] Shak.
(Ser`mon*eer") n. A sermonizer. B. Jonson.
(Ser"mon*er) n. A preacher; a sermonizer. [Derogative or Jocose.] Thackeray.
(Ser`mon*et") n. A short sermon. [Written also sermonette.]