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[ig-zawrt] /ɪgˈzɔrt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English ex(h)orte < Latin exhortārī to encourage greatly, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hortārī to urge
Related forms
exhorter, noun
exhortingly, adverb
unexhorted, adjective
1, 2. encourage, spur, press, goad. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhort
  • The past decade has seen dozens of laws that exhort, encourage and—inevitably—command people to recycle their rubbish.
  • We would exhort readers to add their own voices to the site's reviews.
  • He thus demonstrated that there are inventive ways to exhort the public, far preferable to surrendering to cliche.
  • In effect, they are further enticing moviegoers to stay home even as they exhort and extort them to come to the movies.
  • It is all very well to exhort people to take more sleep, but few will do so.
  • The classic response to such worries is simply to exhort voters to do better and to care more.
  • She called attention to the show by asking the judge to exhort the jurors not to watch it.
  • Books and articles frequently exhort developers to build secure software by designing security in.
  • exhort them to personal integrity and empower them with truth and honor to carry out the awesome task of government.
  • Some trade groups exhort members to higher standards.
British Dictionary definitions for exhort


to urge or persuade (someone) earnestly; advise strongly
Derived Forms
exhortative (ɪɡˈzɔːtətɪv), exhortatory, adjective
exhorter, noun
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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