Monday, September 15, 2003
hortatory adjective [HOR-tuh-tor-ee] Marked by strong urging; serving to encourage or incite; as, "a hortatory speech."
Definitions for hortatory
- Marked by strong urging; serving to encourage or incite; as, "a hortatory speech."
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Citations for hortatory
He later gave up the ministry in the conviction that he could reach thousands with his beguiling pen and only hundreds with his hortatory voice.
Instead of "Home Run, Jack," the hortatory message that greets the batter at the plate is the subliminal one that surfaces: "Run Home, Jack."
Origin of hortatory
Hortatory is from Latin hortatorius, from hortari, "to exhort, to incite, to encourage."