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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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Examples from the Web for exhorter
Historical Examples
  • As they listened they could hear the voice of the exhorter nearly a mile away.

  • The exhorter continued his mad, furious, thumping, barbaric walk.

  • In times of "revival," he became an "exhorter," and very fervent in prayer.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • At the age of seventeen he was made a Methodist exhorter, or local preacher.

    The Life of John Taylor B. H. Roberts
  • While I was in this situation, a Methodist exhorter came to see me.

  • He is also said to have been a Methodist exhorter earlier in his career.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • He was not yet a full-blown preacher, but an exhorter merely.

  • He was an exhorter and class-leader in the Methodist Church.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
  • But the exhorter was too quick for them and "riz" it before the request was fairly uttered.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • The exhorter opened his mouth to reply but the words hung in his throat.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
British Dictionary definitions for exhorter


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 exhorter



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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