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v. preached, preach·ing, preach·es
1. To proclaim or put forth in a sermon: preached the gospel.
2. To advocate, especially to urge acceptance of or compliance with: preached tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
3. To deliver (a sermon).
1. To deliver a sermon.
2. To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
preach to the choir/converted
To argue in favor of a viewpoint already held by one's audience.
[Middle English prechen, from Old French preechier, from Late Latin praedicāre, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
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|Noun||1.||preaching - an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)|
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
baccalaureate - a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
evangelism - zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
|2.||preaching - a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him"|