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[ig-zawrt] /ɪgˈzɔrt/
verb (used with object)
to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
verb (used without object)
to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
Origin of exhort
late Middle English
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
1, 2. encourage, spur, press, goad. Unabridged
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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


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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