Share this entry

hortatory Syllabification: hor·ta·to·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrdəˌtôrē/

Definition of hortatory in English:


Tending or aiming to exhort: the central bank relied on hortatory messages and voluntary compliance
More example sentences
  • Political commentators, by contrast, are hortatory and didactic - and angry.
  • Thus there are really two kinds of story: that which shapes the Jesus narrative in each Gospel, and that which influences the didactic and hortatory arguments in the Epistles.
  • The poems, plays, and essays of the committed cultural nationalist are characterized by a markedly hortatory or didactic manner.


Late 16th century: from Latin hortatorius, from hortari 'exhort'.



Pronunciation: /ˌhôrˈtāSHən/
Example sentences
  • And in any event, whether he is successful strategically, is wholly irrelevant and has nothing to do with your hortation to avoid ‘blanket judgments.’
  • But, despite Edward Steichen's hortation that the goal of photography is to explain man to his fellow man, the fact is that photographs suggest much but explain very little.
  • And your basis for such a hortation would be what exactly?


Pronunciation: /ˈhôrdədiv/
Example sentences
  • Its hortative function barely survives outside of a few locutions, but ‘God bless… ‘is one of those.’
  • The simplified illustrations of the corpses in the Dainenbutsuji version even seem to laugh rather than howl in death, perhaps out of an intention to deliver the subject of the decaying corpse in a less hortative manner.
  • The anonymous yet commanding voice of the David-like poet then reappears and neatly concludes the poem with its final hortative: ‘With Circes let them dwell that thinke not so.’

Words that rhyme with hortatory


Definition of hortatory in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful