preaching

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preach

 (prēch)
v. preached, preach·ing, preach·es
v.tr.
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).
v.intr.
1. To deliver a sermon.
2. To give religious or moral instruction, especially in a tedious manner.
Idiom:
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.]

preach′ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preaching - an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)preaching - an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
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
kerugma, kerygma - preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church
evangelism - zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
homily, preachment - a sermon on a moral or religious topic
2.preaching - a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him"
talking to, lecture, speech - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
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preaching

noun sermonizing, instruction, sermons, evangelism, religious teaching the minister's approach to evangelistic preaching
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Translations

preaching

[ˈpriːtʃɪŋ] Npredicación f (pej) → sermoneo m
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preaching

n (lit, fig) (= act)Predigen nt; (= sermon)Predigt f
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References in classic literature ?
"Yes, I know," assented the Malefactor - "three years' imprisonment and the preaching. If you please, I should like to commute the preaching."
Well, that is my fate: and it is as natural for us Flatlanders to lock up a Square for preaching the Third Dimension, as it is for you Spacelanders to lock up a Cube for preaching the Fourth.
The same difficulty would not occur in preaching, since for this, we may suppose, he had sufficiently prepared his thoughts and expressions to make his discourse intelligible on all important points; and if he should, in some parts, fail of being, understood, he could repeat or correct himself, till he should succeed better.
"It's a Methodis' preaching, sir; it's been gev hout as a young woman's a-going to preach on the Green," answered Mr.
I don't think it at all right for him to join his preaching to courting a married woman, even though her husband mid be abroad, and she, in a sense, a widow."
A man of so energetic spirit could not long remain inactive, and within two years he was preaching in the surrounding villages.
But should you change your belief to something that menaces the established order, your preaching would be unacceptable to your employers, and you would be discharged.
Again he saw the field full of folk , and to them now Conscience was preaching, and at his words many began to repent them of their evil deeds.
To those would they thereby do injury who have power at present: for with those the preaching of death is still most at home.
There is now a spirit of improvement abroad; but among those who were ordained twenty, thirty, forty years ago, the larger number, to judge by their performance, must have thought reading was reading, and preaching was preaching.