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exhort

[ig-zawrt] /ɪgˈzɔrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
verb (used without object)
2.
to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
Origin of exhort
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte < Latin exhortārī to encourage greatly, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hortārī to urge
Related forms
exhorter, noun
exhortingly, adverb
unexhorted, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. encourage, spur, press, goad.
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  • The company cheer, and Chaerephon and Callicles exhort them to proceed.

    Gorgias Plato
  • And, to the utmost of my power, I exhort all other men to do the same.

    Gorgias Plato
  • He then said, "continue to believe as you have done; I encourage and exhort you to do it."

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • Earnestly did she exhort him to repent with Peter, and to be more constant in his profession.

  • Hee told him hee was sent for to exhort him to die patiently and like a Christian.

  • Does he exhort his followers to 'Eat and drink, for to-morrow we die'?

  • Write to me, Monkton—exhort me, admonish me, or forsake me for ever.

    Falkland, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Thus did these two exhort them, and endeavor to pacify the rage they were in.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
British Dictionary definitions for exhort

exhort

/ɪɡˈzɔːt/
verb
1.
to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly
Derived Forms
exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv), exhortatory, adjective
exhorter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge
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Word Origin and History for exhort
v.

c.1400, from Old French exhorer (13c.) and directly from Latin exhortari "to exhort, encourage, stimulate" (see exhortation). Related: Exhorted; exhorting.

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