Although they wore clerical garb they were not in the least "preachy."
Simply that they will not have her in these preachy domestic parts, that's all.
They do to-day—only we make a fuss about it and get preachy.
It is only upon the stage that she has been made artificial, prim, and preachy.
The Walls of Jericho being a long, preachy and rather foolish tirade against a game ...