PRONUNCIATION: (POL-ee-see-muhs)

MEANING: adjective: Having multiple meanings.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin polysemus, from Greek polysemos, from poly- (many) + sema (sign). Earliest documented use: 1884.
1) a religious sermon with a self-contradicting message about heaven
2) a religious sermon with a self-contridicting message about hell
3) a religious sermon that does not pertain to religion
4) a long rambling non-religious sermon covering everything from aardvark to zymurgy