exhortation

noun
ex·​hor·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-ˌsȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exhortation (audio) , -sər-; ˌeg-ˌzȯr-, -zər- \

Definition of exhortation

1 : an act or instance of exhorting
2 : language intended to incite and encourage

Examples of exhortation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least 5,903 of them, by the official count, have perished at the hands of the security services, guided by his exhortation to kill anybody who violently resists arrest. The Economist, "The Philippines’ president advocates beatings over shootings," 12 Dec. 2020 The verse is traditionally interpreted as an exhortation to look past appearances. New York Times, "The Rise and Fall of Carl Lentz, the Celebrity Pastor of Hillsong Church," 5 Dec. 2020 This phrase, often attributed to author and newspaperman Horace Greeley, is a central exhortation of 19th century Manifest Destiny philosophy, but the idea resonates, even after the West was won. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Max Winkler’s boxing road movie ‘Jungleland’ packs a punch," 5 Nov. 2020 Some readers interpreted my enthusiasm over preserving old letters as an exhortation that Upset should pressure her mother. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Readers respond to saving old letters," 31 Oct. 2020 Some readers interpreted my enthusiasm over preserving old letters as an exhortation that Upset should pressure her mother. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Readers respond to saving old letters," 31 Oct. 2020 Some readers interpreted my enthusiasm over preserving old letters as an exhortation that Upset should pressure her mother. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Readers share opinions on saving, sharing old love letters," 31 Oct. 2020 Some readers interpreted my enthusiasm over preserving old letters as an exhortation that the reader should pressure her mother. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Readers respond to saving old letters," 30 Oct. 2020 O’Brien’s exhortation comes just days after State Department officials alerted Congress to a plan to sell Taiwan a $2 billion package of coastal defense cruise missiles. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "US tells Taiwan 'to fortify itself' to repel invasion from China," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Dec 2020

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“Exhortation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortation. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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