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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Homily  \Hom"i*ly\,  n.;  pl  {Homilies}.  [LL.  homilia  Gr  ? 
  communion,  assembly,  converse,  sermon,  fr  ?  an  assembly,  fr 
  ?  same  cf  ?  together,  and  ?  crowd,  cf  ?  to  press:  cf  F. 
  hom['e]lie.  See  {Same}.] 
  1.  A  discourse  or  sermon  read  or  pronounced  to  an  audience;  a 
  serious  discourse.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  serious  or  tedious  exhortation  in  private  on  some  moral 
  point,  or  on  the  conduct  of  life. 
 
  As  I  have  heard  my  father  Deal  out  in  his  long 
  homilies.  --Byron. 
 
  {Book  of  Homilies}.  A  collection  of  authorized,  printed 
  sermons,  to  be  read  by  ministers  in  churches,  esp.  one 
  issued  in  the  time  of  Edward  VI.,  and  a  second  issued  in 
  the  reign  of  Elizabeth;  --  both  books  being  certified  to 
  contain  a  ``godly  and  wholesome  doctrine.'' 




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