Hypertext Webster Gateway: "preaching"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Preach \Preach\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Preached}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Preaching}.] [OE. prechen, OF. preechier, F. pr[^e]cher, fr.
L. praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim; prae before +
dicare to make known, dicere to say; or perhaps from
(assumed) LL. praedictare. See {Diction}, and cf.
{Predicate}, {Predict}.]
1. To proclaim or publish tidings; specifically, to proclaim
the gospel; to discourse publicly on a religious subject,
or from a text of Scripture; to deliver a sermon.

How shall they preach, except they be sent? --Rom.
x. 15.

From that time Jesus began to preach. --Matt. iv.

2. To give serious advice on morals or religion; to discourse
in the manner of a preacher.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Preaching \Preach"ing\, n.
The act of delivering a religious discourse; the art of
sermonizing; also, a sermon; a public religious discourse;
serious, earnest advice. --Milner.

{Preaching cross}, a cross, sometimes surmounting a pulpit,
erected out of doors to designate a preaching place.

{Preaching friars}. See {Dominican}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a
church service) [syn: {sermon}, {discourse}]
2: a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him" [syn:

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