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Definition of homily noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. homilies)
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  1. 1a short speech given by a religious leader on a moral or religious subject synonym sermon
  2. 2(formal) (often disapproving) a speech or piece of writing giving advice on the correct way to behave, etc. She delivered a homily on the virtues of family life. I don't need a little homily from him about how to lead my life.
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