(also parenesis /pəˈrɛnɪsɪs/)
noun (plural paraeneses /pəˈriːnɪsiːz/ /pəˈrɛnɪsiːz/)rare
An address or communication strongly urging someone to do something.
- Greco-Roman paraenesis was expressed both in discourses and in letters.
- The Finnish scholar finds inconsistencies between doctrine and paraenesis in St. Paul.
- These prophecies are often reduced to the status of propaganda only, downplaying their religious value as interpretations of history, parenesis, and actualization of past authoritative utterances.
Late 16th century: late Latin, from Greek parainesis, from parainein 'exhort', from para- 'beside' + ainein 'speak of, praise'.
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