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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Willis mastered her comparably sweeter, more refined voice long ago, so each throaty exhortation hits with great impact. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Sarah Shook and Kelly Willis essay different strains of disaffection with no-good lovers," 21 June 2018 The verses are frequently read as Jesus’s exhortation to care for the poor, sick, and marginalized. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "They told him “you are wounding the body of Christ” by failing to care for marginalized.," 29 Oct. 2018 And despite exhortations from politicians and mea culpas from technology executives, some of their latest campaigns and features are actually making things worse. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 Waters's exhortation came after several high-profile incidents last week in which Trump aides, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, were confronted at restaurants and forced to leave. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump sounds triumphant at North Dakota rally," 28 June 2018 The show was a situation comedy whose emphasis was on strength, character, and achievement — an exhortation to black audiences and a pointed object lesson to whites. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s no separating Cosby’s legacy as a symbol of unity and the face of evil," 27 Apr. 2018 On Monday, as the Hungarian leader basked in his victory, Pope Francis issued an apostolic exhortation on the subject of holiness. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The pope’s challenge to Orban and Europe’s far right," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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