came to us by way of Latin from Greek homilētikos
, meaning "affable" or "social." Homilētikos
came from homilein
, meaning "to talk with," "to address," or "to make a speech," which in turn came from homilos
, the Greek word for "crowd" or "assembly." Homilos
also gave English, by way of Latin homilia
and French omelie
, the word homily
, which is used for
a short sermon, a lecture on a moral theme, and an inspirational catchphrase or platitude. Like homily
focuses on the morally instructive nature of a discourse. Homiletic
can also be used derogatorily in the sense of "preachy."
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