[hom-uh-let-ik] /ˌhɒm əˈlɛt ɪk/

of or relating to preaching or to .
of the nature of a .
of or relating to .
of or relating to a homily or sermon
of, relating to, or characteristic of homiletics

1640s, “of or having to do with sermons,” from Late Latin homileticus, from Greek homiletikos “of conversation, affable,” from homelein “associate with,” from homilos (see homily).


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