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1. The act of preaching.
2. A tiresome or unwelcome moral lecture or discourse; tedious sermonizing.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the act of preaching
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a tedious or pompous sermon or discourse
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(ˈpritʃ mənt)

1. the act of preaching.
2. a sermon or discourse, esp. when obtrusive or tedious.
[1300–50; Middle English prechement < Old French preë(s)chement < Medieval Latin praedicāmentum speech; see predicament]
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Noun1.preachment - a sermon on a moral or religious topicpreachment - a sermon on a moral or religious topic
preaching, sermon, discourse - an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
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don't torment me with your preachments now, unless you want to kill me outright.
Much Saxon remembered of that mad preachment, much she guessed and felt, and much had been beyond her experience and understanding.
"I ain't crying 'cause Dora fell down cellar," said Davy, cutting short Anne's wellmeant preachment with increasing bitterness.
Think over Mother's preachment, act upon it if it seems good, and God bless you all."
Let that poor hand of hers lie gently on your hearts; for there may be something in its healing touch akin to that of the Great Master whose precepts you misconstrue, whose lessons you pervert, of whose charity and sympathy with all the world, not one among you in his daily practice knows as much as many of the worst among those fallen sinners, to whom you are liberal in nothing but the preachment of perdition!
In a way, it was almost as immoral as the far-famed and notorious Message to Garcia, while in its pernicious preachment of thrift and content it ran Mr.
It has been largely superseded by a more complex electrical device worn upon another part of the person; and this is rapidly giving place to an apparatus known as the preachment.
This youth don't have heroes or historical mentors and have become captives of the unenduring preachments of modernity.
Today, the beliefs held by the conservative critics of mainline Protestantism--both within and outside these denominations themselves--are often far closer to mainline beliefs as originally constituted than the official preachments of those same denominations today.
When it comes to the Book of Leviticus and its preachments about men lying with other men, (159) it is not just that the LGBT individual might disbelieve it; it is more likely, rather, that he believes against it--that he believes that it is the product of frenetic fever dreams conjured during an ancient civilization--and, much more importantly, that as a religious matter, a gay person is not just entitled, but compelled, to seek a life of fulfillment, intimacy, and joy, free from the cruelties of wicked writs penned millennia ago.
If the sardonic force of Ivan's "anti-parable" is ever truly countered in his novel, Joseph Frank is right that this does not happen (contra Dostoevsky's own views) through the preachments of Father Zosima.
Holding this conviction, Reagan could never fall prey to Communist preachments that capitalist America was an inherently evil and reactionary force in the world and that an enlightened elite must lead a revolution to overthrow it.