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[eg-zawr-tey-shuh n, ek-sawr-] /ˌɛg zɔrˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sɔr-/
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 forms
nonexhortation, noun
1, 2. See advice. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhortation
  • It was more an exhortation than an observation.
  • Greater co-ordination and exhortation may help.
  • It's an exhortation with historic roots.
  • His tone was rough but almost wistful; he had turned his old exhortation into an autumnal waltz.
  • However, mere exhortation for employers to increase support for training is bad policy.
  • This vision of a truly representative force will not be achieved by exhortation.
  • His voice would rise to exhortation when he addressed the importance of decent and affordable housing and the need for more of it.
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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