Definition of exhort
: to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly exhorting voters to do the right thing
: to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals
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Examples of exhort in a Sentence
He exhorted his people to take back their land.
She exhorted her listeners to support the proposition.
Recent Examples of exhort from the Web
One manager who recently quit a big state bank said that a campaign exhorting workers to study the party constitution had been unusually intense.
Even our neighborhood farmers’ market starts flooding social media with photos of radishes and local honey, exhorting us to show up.
The officials said they were also exhorted to follow the instructions of the central leadership and President Xi’s teachings.
At the corner pub Union Saloon, The Doobie Brothers exhort you to listen to the music, the bar man entices with $6 cocktails, and this shorts-and-sandals evening comes with the promise that the sun won’t set till 9.
Two, Daniels is one of those old-school guys who exhorts the virtues of lining up and just knocking your opponent into the dirt.
In those statues, his arm was always raised, palm outstretched, exhorting us toward the glorious socialist future.
In the celebration that rocked Oracle late into the evening, Curry swayed with his daughter in his arms, exhorting the crowd to join in.
The Kansas City film was also aimed at transit employees, exhorting them to work harder and safer.
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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.
EXHORT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of exhort for Students
: 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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