C14: from Church Latin homīlia, from Greek: discourse, from homilein to converse with, from homilos crowd, from homou together + ilē crowd
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Word forms: homilies
A homily is a speech or piece of writing in which someone complains about the state of something or tells people how they ought to behave. [formal] ⇒ ...a receptive audience for his homily on moral values.
It was stipulated that he must be told in person, together with a homily on the sins of gambling, which I won't bore you with.Fraser, Anthea THE GOSPEL MAKERSWith this gratuitous homily delivered, he topped up their snifters.Terman, Douglas CORMORANTEven if he had been allowed to stay here, he could nevermention gambling in any homily , because gaming supported the church and the town.Duncan, Robert L THE SERPENT'S MARK