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

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That makes the relentlessly upbeat ending — with its dutiful deus ex machina and an exhortation to just forget your worries since tomorrow has to be better — land with a thud. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 And Suárez credits the Maestro’s exhortations with turning him into a reformed character. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Uruguay: Soccer’s Dead Poets Society," 29 June 2018 Constantinos Barbaroussis was charged with committing preparatory acts for high treason over his exhortations last week for the armed forces to arrest Greece's leadership. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 18, 2018," 18 June 2018 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 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 And, so, long before there was Lean In, there was, via the Mars/Venus framework, Move In: an exhortation for workers on both sides of the planetary divide to compromise, to adjust, to adapt. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Mars and Venus in the Workplace, Reviewed," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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