Definition of exhort in English:


Syllabification: ex·hort
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzôrt


[with object and infinitive]
Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something: the media have been exhorting people to turn out for the demonstration [with direct speech]: “Come on, you guys,” exhorted Linda
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  • He lauded the school for encouraging sports and exhorted young sportsmen to make strides in sports and academics.
  • The counsellor exhorts him to unswervingly stick to his ART regimen along with a rich, nutritional diet.
  • To get workers charged up, he exhorts his troops to act like entrepreneurs, take risks, and own up to failure quickly.
urge, encourage, call on, enjoin, charge, press; bid, appeal to, entreat, implore, beg
formal adjure
literary beseech


late Middle English: from Old French exhorter or Latin exhortari, from ex- 'thoroughly' + hortari 'encourage'.



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  • He described Divine Beauty as ‘neither philosophy nor theology, neither spiritual nor doctrinal, neither critical nor exhortative but rather a delighted dance of all these elements’.
  • My problem with today's liturgical bureaucracy is that it advances measurable technical goals at the same time it diminishes the more essential immeasurable exhortative ones at the heart of EACW.
  • Here, the voice is not imperative, and it does not try to address the viewer directly; rather, it is exhortative, and it implicitly addresses, in plain Italian, the Italian team.


Pronunciation: /-təˌtôrē/
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  • There also is some superficial similarity with eugenicism in terms of an exhortatory jargon for human self-improvement, but I wouldn't press this point.
  • The President, we should note, is pretty much the only orator still using the exhortatory imperative form favoured by the Emperor Augustus and the other great chiefs of Roman history.
  • It is, of its nature, penal rather than exhortatory.


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  • During the 18th century, John Wesley became a a fervent exhorter of work.
  • In addition to ministers, many Baptist churches had ruling elders, assistants, exhorters, deacons, deaconesses, elderesses, and evangelists.
  • In Delaware, Allen also encountered exhorters of the Methodist Society, then still affiliated with the Church of England.

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