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verb (used with object)
  1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
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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


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Examples from the Web for exhorter

Historical Examples

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

    Other Main-Travelled Roads

    Hamlin Garland

  • As they listened they could hear the voice of the exhorter nearly a mile away.

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

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    Minnie Mary Lee

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

  • While I was in this situation, a Methodist exhorter came to see me.

British Dictionary definitions for exhorter


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

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