exhort

verb ex·hort \ ig-ˈzȯrt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of exhort

transitive verb
: to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly
  • exhorting voters to do the right thing
intransitive verb
: to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals

exhorter

noun

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Examples of exhort in a Sentence

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

  2. She exhorted her listeners to support the proposition.

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Did You Know?

Exhort is a 15th-century coinage. It derives from the Latin verb hortari, meaning "to incite," and it often implies the ardent urging or admonishing of an orator or preacher. People in the 16th century apparently liked the root -hort, but they couldn't resist fiddling around with different prefixes to create other words similar in meaning to "exhort." They came up with adhort and dehort. Adhort was short-lived and became obsolete after the 17th century. Dehort was similar to exhort and adhort but with a more specific meaning of "to dissuade." It had a better run than adhort, being used well into the late 19th century, but it is now considered archaic.

Origin and Etymology of exhort

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


EXHORT Defined for English Language Learners

exhort

verb

Definition of exhort for English Language Learners

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


EXHORT Defined for Kids

exhort

verb ex·hort \ ig-ˈzȯrt \

Definition of exhort for Students

exhorted; exhorting
: to try to influence by words or advice : urge strongly
  • The Centipede was down there too, exhorting them both frantically to greater efforts …
  • —Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach


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