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[hom-uh-let-iks] /ˌhɒm əˈlɛt ɪks/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the art of preaching; the branch of practical theology that treats of homilies or sermons.
(functioning as sing) the art of preaching or writing sermons

1830, from homiletic; also see -ics.


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