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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PULPIT

There was a large platform, with chairs upon it, but no pulpit or reading-desk.

Having ascended the pulpit, Father Massias did not at once speak.

The idea of Turkey wagging his head in a pulpit made me laugh.

And yet this old man in the pulpit called it a place where you went to rest!

Then I should never have had to encounter the damnable snares of the pulpit!

When I got into the pulpit I thought I could not remember the number of the verse of my text.

My father was as meek, and pious, and humble a Christian as ever thumped a pulpit.

A sad-looking monk had ascended the pulpit, and was beginning to preach.

Some one, apparently, had been pelting the pulpit with them.

From the pulpit a sheet of gloom projected to the rafters of the ceiling.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Late Latin pulpitum "raised structure on which preachers stand," in classical Latin "scaffold; stage, platform for actors," of unknown origin. Also borrowed in Middle High German as pulpit (German Pult "desk"). Sense of "Christian preachers and ministers generally" is from 1560s. Pulpiteer, old contemptuous term for "professional preacher," is recorded from 1640s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PULPIT

lectern

nounreading desk

podium

nounstructure from which speakers orate
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.