HOMILETICS, n. The science of adapting sermons to the spiritual needs, capacities and conditions of the congregation.

HONORABLE, adj. Afflicted with an impediment in one’s reach. In legislative bodies it is customary to mention all members as honorable; as, «the honorable gentleman is a scurvy cur.»

HOPE, n. Desire and expectation rolled into one.

HOSPITALITY, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.

HOSTILITY, n. A peculiarly sharp and specially applied sense of the earth’s overpopulation. Hostility is classified as active and passive; as (respectively) the feeling of a woman for her female friends, and that which she entertains for all the rest of her sex.