Definition of paraenesis in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈriːnɪsɪs/

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(also parenesis /pəˈrɛnɪsɪs/)

noun (plural paraeneses /pəˈriːnɪsiːz/ /pəˈrɛnɪsiːz/)

An address or communication strongly urging someone to do something.
Example sentences
  • 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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