ex·​hor·​ta·​tion ˌek-ˌsȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exhortation (audio)
: an act or instance of exhorting
: language intended to incite and encourage

Examples of exhortation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Mailer, a passage like that is really a kind of gauntlet, an exhortation to all of us to turn away from the machine and plug back into something elemental. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 July 2024 His exhortation to designate the flatly fundamentally functional and decidedly desultory nondescript Liberty Loan Building as a National Historic Landmark is akin to memorializing a streetside waste receptacle, by mere virtue of the longevity of each. Washington Post, 21 June 2024 Gottfried’s messages are generally cheerful, plucky, full of exhortations to remain strong. John Ganz, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Even as Russia has become a pariah, Beijing has not paused bilateral exchanges and joint military exercises or dialed down its public exhortations on deepening strategic coordination with its friend to the north. Patricia M. Kim, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for exhortation 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhortation was in the 14th century

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“Exhortation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortation. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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ex·​hor·​ta·​tion ˌeks-ȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exhortation (audio)
: an act or instance of exhorting
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