Etymology
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sermonette (n.)

1814, "a short sermon," often disparaging, a diminutive from sermon with -ette. Poe used sermonoid (1849); sermuncle (1886) also has been tried.  To describe notably trifling efforts, English writers have coveted the Italian double diminutive sermonettino (in English from 1818).

updated on May 26, 2022

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