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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Definitions for hortatory

  1. 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. Carl Van Doren, The American Novel, 1789-1939
Instead of "Home Run, Jack," the hortatory message that greets the batter at the plate is the subliminal one that surfaces: "Run Home, Jack." Marjorie Garber, Symptoms of Culture
Origin of hortatory
1580-1590
Hortatory is from Latin hortatorius, from hortari, "to exhort, to incite, to encourage."