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(noun) a usually short sermon / (noun) a lecture or discourse on or of a moral theme / (noun) an inspirational catchphrase or platitude. homiletic: the art of preaching or writing sermons

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Punctuating these homilies are the literal "voices from the chorus"

—p.195 Under Eastern Eyes (186) by George Steiner
6 years, 11 months ago

confined as I had been until now to the Bible in Welsh and homilectic literature

—p.85 by W.G. Sebald
6 years, 6 months ago

Homiletically speaking, the only difference between the Prescriptivists and the Descriptivists is that the latter’s got a bigger choir.

—p.121 Authority and American Usage (66) by David Foster Wallace
6 years, 9 months ago

My grandmothers, teachers, uncles and aunts, and especially my father, were always encouraging me with their constant homilies: if at first you don’t succeed try try again; hard work moves mountains

—p.26 by Alix Kates Shulman
1 year, 2 months ago

These stories are placid homilies of consumer-spiritual stasis

—p.80 Storified (78) missing author
4 years, 4 months ago

Enid had the heretical thought that it might after all have been wiser, in her maternal homilies, to have laid less stress on marriage

—p.139 by Jonathan Franzen
9 months, 1 week ago

I prefer to get my homilies from somebody a little more disabused than Dorothy Gale

—p.381 Say Something in Chinese (365) by A S Hamrah
9 months ago

I was sold on the eroticism I found in Milan Kundera’s homiletically pornographic novels

—p.163 Rape Fantasies (161) missing author
3 years, 5 months ago

Politicians knew what homilies they had to repeat to be taken seriously by party gatekeepers and thus rise to prominence.

—p.25 Goodbye, Cold War (20) by Aziz Rana
5 years, 5 months ago

is also the least homiletic

—p.191 On Zadie Smith (185) missing author
4 years, 4 months ago