- urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech.
Origin of hortatory
Examples from the Web for hortatory
Historical Examples of hortatory
He had assumed a very pompous, hortatory manner, and I could well believe he held a prominent position in Asbury class.
Though, for the sake of brevity, it may at times seem to take a hortatory tone, it is a record and no more.The Conquest of Fear
Allowing for its standpoint the book is not virulent, and is a respectable piece of hortatory divinity on its own side.Minor Poets of the Caroline Period, Vol III
Alienor tells herself, however, that she is fortunate she is not troubled by worse things than hortatory friends.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
His work has no doubt a hortatory side, as we shall see, but that side is secondary.
- tending to exhort; encouraging
Word Origin 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").