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sermon

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɜː.mən/ us    /ˈsɝː-/
a part of a Christian church ceremony in which a priest gives a talk on a religious or moral subject, often based on something written in the Bible: The Reverend William Cronshaw delivered/preached the sermon. Today's sermon was on the importance of compassion. disapproving a long talk in which someone advises other people how they should behave in order to be better people: I really don't think it's a politician's job to go delivering sermons on public morality.
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