Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Jeffersonian simplicity is preached; extravagance is practised.

It was a gospel that had to be preached with tears and beseechings from one generation to another.

This gentleman was a clergyman, who had no regular parish, but who preached in a chapel of his own.

With some dryness, she preached energy, watchfulness, and a hopeful mind.

Historians are endeavoring to ascertain whether he practiced what he preached.

He preached where he pleased, and no one troubled him or called him to account.

She had at the time called it a sermon, with a text, and laughed at the child who preached it.

He preached six sermons on the evils of tobacco, and every one was hotter'n the last.

You and I have had that preached to us; at least I have and you were present during the sermon.

I've preached to Bailey more 'n a little about keepin' clear, but he won't.


at first in late Old English predician, a loan word from Church Latin; reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from Old French preechier "to preach, give a sermon" (11c., Modern French précher), from Late Latin praedicare "to proclaim publicly, announce" (in Medieval Latin "to preach"), from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + dicare "to proclaim, to say" (see diction). Related: Preached; preaching. To preach to the converted is recorded from 1867 (form preach to the choir attested from 1979).