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exhort

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verb ex·hort \ig-ˈzȯrt\

Simple Definition of exhort

  • : to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something

Full Definition of exhort

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to incite by argument or advice :  urge strongly <exhorting voters to do the right thing>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to give warnings or advice :  make urgent appeals

ex·hort·er noun

Examples of exhort

  1. He exhorted his people to take back their land.

  2. She exhorted her listeners to support the proposition.



Origin of exhort

Middle English, from Anglo-French exorter, from Latin exhortari, from ex- + hortari to incite — more at yearn


First Known Use: 15th century



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