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[hawr-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈhɔr təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging:
a hortatory speech.
Origin of hortatory
1580-90; < Late Latin hortātōrius encouraging, equivalent to hortā(rī) (see hortative) + -tōrius -tory1
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hortatorily, adverb Unabridged
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/ˈhɔːtətərɪ; -trɪ/
tending to exhort; encouraging
Derived Forms
hortation, noun
hortatorily, hortatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortārī to exhort
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Word Origin and History for hortatory

1580s, from Middle French hortatoire and directly from Late Latin hortatorius "encouraging, cheering," from hortatus, past participle of hortari "exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate," intensive of horiri "urge, incite, encourage," from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Old English giernan "to strive, desire, yearn;" Gothic gairnei "desire;" Greek khresthai "to lack, want; use, make use of," kharis "grace, favor," khairein "to rejoice, delight in;" Sanskrit haryati "finds pleasure, likes," harsate "is aroused;" Avestan zara "effort, aim;" Russian zhariti "awake desire, charm").

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