[eg-zawr-tey-shuh n, ek-sawr-]


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 formsnon·ex·hor·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for exhortation

1, 2. See advice.
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Contemporary Examples of exhortation

Historical Examples of exhortation

  • His exhortation appealed to me as a command from my leader—­a call to duty.

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

  • "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.

  • And with this exhortation and warning Washington concluded his preparations.

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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