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verb (used with object)
  1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.

verb (used without object)
  1. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

Origin of exhort

First recorded in1375–1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte, from Latin exhortārī “to encourage greatly,” from ex- ex-1 + hortārī “to encourage, urge”

Other words for exhort

Other words from exhort

  • ex·hort·er, noun
  • ex·hort·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·ex·hort·ed, adjective

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How to use exhort in a sentence

  • For nearly all that time he has been a ruling elder in the church, and for ten years past a licensed exhorter.

    Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs
  • Grace stood silently beside one of the elders; a woman exhorter stood before her.

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

    The Life of John Taylor | B. H. Roberts
  • Even then, Uncle Simon was an old man, and for many years in the elder Marston's time had been the plantation exhorter.

  • This is what you wanted your Sundays off for, to go sparking around—you an exhorter, too.

British Dictionary definitions for exhort


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːt) /

  1. to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly

Origin of exhort

C14: from Latin exhortārī, from hortārī to urge

Derived forms of exhort

  • exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv) or exhortatory, adjective
  • exhorter, noun

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