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

1375–1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte < Latin exhortārī to encourage greatly, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hortārī to urge
Related formsex·hort·er, nounex·hort·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·hort·ed, adjective

Synonyms for exhort

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Historical Examples of exhort

  • The company cheer, and Chaerephon and Callicles exhort them to proceed.



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



  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for exhort



to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly
Derived Formsexhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv) or exhortatory, adjectiveexhorter, noun

Word Origin for exhort

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.

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