exhortative

adjective
ex·​hor·​ta·​tive | \ ig-ˈzȯr-tə-tiv How to pronounce exhortative (audio) \

Definition of exhortative

: serving to exhort

Examples of exhortative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In it, the exhortative words of James Baldwin and Martin Luther King, Jr. have been converted into a musical score, recordings of which sound through the gallery. New York Times, "Black Grief, White Grievance: Artists Search for Racial Justice," 18 Feb. 2021 Similarly, a fantastical and allegorical epergne, or ornamental server, made for the centennial exhibition, features a female figure embodying America — hair flowing, garland in hand — standing upon a globe, as exhortative as the national anthem. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 And even after her death, the show stays on message, thanks to an exhortative turn by the production’s only other female character, Joan’s mother (Mare Winningham, in an 11 o’clock appearance). Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Joan of Arc’ and the Monotony of Sainthood," 15 Mar. 2017 Neither the Apple nor the Gabriel plays are exhortative in any polemical way. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Gabriels Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Three: Women of a Certain Age," 9 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of exhortative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Feb 2021

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“Exhortative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortative. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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