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 The profiles start with a propulsive bang: Tony the cabbie, a fan favorite, and his rough-and-tumble Cockney exhortations. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "“63 Up” and the Child in All of Us," 27 Nov. 2019 Francis will speak about nuclear power, given his frequent exhortation to care for the environment, said Nagoya Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura. Washington Post, "Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion," 17 Nov. 2019 The move, announced by the office of Robert E. Lighthizer, comes a day after The Washington Post reported on Bolton’s exhortation. Washington Post, "White House restores trade benefits for Ukraine after more than two months of delay," 26 Oct. 2019 Participants at next week’s summit should expect to hear a similar exhortation. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "White House to host closed-door summit on U.S. research enterprise," 29 Oct. 2019 His exhortations were instrumental in inspiring terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe and in the United States. Zeke Miller, The Denver Post, "Trump says Islamic State leader dead after U.S. raid in Syria," 27 Oct. 2019 Here’s Slate with an exhortation urging victims of the breach to go claim what’s theirs. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What Separates the Hacks and the Hack-Nots—Cyber Saturday," 27 July 2019 Johnson’s exhortation about Knives Out had a note of relief to it; no longer tangled up in franchise concerns, the filmmaker had created a classic mystery, the likes of which Hollywood used to produce with aplomb. David Sims, The Atlantic, "TIFF 2019: Nine Movies to Pay Attention to This Awards Season," 10 Sep. 2019 Abels’ score is an insinuating amalgam of blues, African chromatics and old-Hollywood atmosphere compete with choral exhortations (sung in Swahili) to run for your life. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "A composer’s chilling “Get Out” score highlights Chicago’s fall movie season," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhortation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortation. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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