ex·hor·ta·tion | \ ˌek-ˌsȯr-ˈtā-shən , -sər- ; ˌeg-ˌzȯr- , -zər- \

Definition of exhortation 

1 : an act or instance of exhorting

2 : language intended to incite and encourage

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Tank and the Bangas string together grooves from funk, hip-hop, rock and gospel; serious storytelling, self-empowerment exhortations and dance instructions share the band’s exuberant stream of consciousness. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out," 18 Mar. 2018 The exhortation from Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, follows a pattern of Iranian leaders declaring their nation’s ability to resist foreign pressure or interference. Washington Post, "Iran’s top leader, lawmakers lash out at US on nuclear deal," 9 May 2018 At last week’s rehearsal, Cortese shouted instructions and exhortations from the podium, rapping his baton on his music stand to stop the orchestra or emphasize a point. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Young Boston musicians build a bridge to Leipzig," 12 Apr. 2018 To say that this kind of ad has to be banned to permit a ban on racist insults and provocation and exhortations to cruelty and intolerance is just plain nonsense. Washington Post, "Metro’s ban on religious-themed ads back in court," 26 Mar. 2018 The latest presidential exhortations came as House Republicans were prepping for a vote on comprehensive immigration legislation, after a more hard-line bill failed last week. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump advocates depriving undocumented immigrants of due-process rights," 24 June 2018 His faceless two men fighting a cartoonish emperor in one image is decidedly modern, clean and profoundly worrying in its exhortation to kill the enemy. Anne Tschida, miamiherald, "The Power of Propaganda," 22 June 2018 Perhaps more than anything else, what has sucked all of the joy out of the social internet in its current form is its exhortation to be useful. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "The Last Place Where No One Is Looking: Embracing the End Times of Snapchat," 21 May 2018 The exhortation overlooked the fact that back in 1776, African Americans were enslaved. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Um, let's not party like it was 1776 - and other lessons learned at Cherry Hill High School East | Jenice Armstrong," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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