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pulpit (n.)

"raised platform from which a speaker addresses an audience or delivers an oration," especially in Christian churches, "the more or less enclosed platform from which the preacher delivers a sermon," early 14c., from Late Latin pulpitum "raised structure on which preachers stand," in classical Latin "scaffold; stage, platform for actors," a word 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.

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Definitions of pulpit from WordNet

pulpit (n.)
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it;
Synonyms: dais / podium / rostrum / ambo / stump / soapbox
From wordnet.princeton.edu