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[eg-zawr-tey-shuh n, ek-sawr-] /ˌɛg zɔrˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sɔr-/
the act or process of exhorting.
an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations.
Origin of exhortation
1350-1400; Middle English exhortacioun < Latin exhortātiōn- (stem of exhortātiō) a pleading, urging. See exhortative, -ion
Related forms
nonexhortation, noun
1, 2. See advice. Unabridged
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  • His exhortation appealed to me as a command from my leader—­a call to duty.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • But we know that she will of her own accord take care of them, and does not need any exhortation of ours.'

    Menexenus Plato
  • "Grant me a moment ere I go, Hortensia," he said 'between command and exhortation.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • His remarks were an exhortation to duty, an appeal to patriotism.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • And with this exhortation and warning Washington concluded his preparations.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • At home and abroad he exhausted himself in invective, in exhortation.

  • He added a few words of exhortation, and the meeting adjourned.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
British Dictionary definitions for exhortation


the act or process of exhorting
a speech or written passage intended to persuade, inspire, or encourage
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Word Origin and History for exhortation

late 14c., from Old French exhortacion and directly from Latin exhortationem (nominative exhortatio) "an exhortation, encouragement," noun of action from past participle stem of exhortari, from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hortari "encourage, urge" (see hortatory).

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