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 And exhortations to stand tall for the constitution. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska’s summer tourism season nears, a mix of unease, resistance and hope at the end of the road," 11 May 2020 The rising numbers and Koike’s exhortation appear to have changed the mood, even fueling panic buying in supermarkets across the capital. Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg.com, "Tokyo Braces for Critical Weekend to Contain Virus Outbreak," 10 May 2020 If the last near century of Oscar ceremonies is any indication, Sunday night will offer exhortations, heartfelt pleas, mission statements, and manifestos. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The 16 Most Political Moments in Oscars History," 8 Feb. 2020 But if Trump calls for the economy to reopen, many ordinary Americans, as well as some GOP governors, may heed his exhortations. Author: Tim Craig, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Governors consider lifting virus restrictions; Trump says he alone will decide," 14 Apr. 2020 Obama had killed al-Awlaki to shut him up, but the late cleric still spoke from thousands of screens, his soft-spoken exhortations to violent revolt intercut with shock footage of ISIS stonings and beheadings. Saul Elbein, The New Republic, "Hoda Muthana left the U.S. to join ISIS. Now she wants to return home to stand trial, but the Trump administration won’t let her. She is a test case for the future of birthright citizenship.," 23 Mar. 2020 With their hallmark exhortation, Bikini Kill inaugurated the feminist punk rock insurgency of the 1990s. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: March blooms with 23 must-see concerts," 27 Feb. 2020 Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod, released Wednesday, is no truth-and-tradition-shredding document. Tim Busch And Mary Rice Hasson, WSJ, "The Pope Is Catholic After All," 13 Feb. 2020 The document released Wednesday, known as an apostolic exhortation, all but ensures that the married priest issue will languish for the rest of Francis’s papacy. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "Pope Francis backs away from potentially major reform, putting off decision on allowing married priests in the Amazon," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhortation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortation. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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