One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he preached a sermon based on a text from the Book of Wisdom’
homily, address, speech, talk, discourse, oration
2‘he realized that if he said any more he would have to listen to another lengthy sermon’
lecture, tirade, harangue, diatribe
speech, disquisition, monologue, declamation, exhortation
reprimand, reproach, reproof, scolding, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
informal spiel, telling-off, talking-to, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, blast, row
British informal ticking off, carpeting, rollicking, wigging
British vulgar slang bollocking
commendation, pat on the back
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