ex·​hor·​ta·​to·​ry ig-ˈzȯr-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce exhortatory (audio)
: using exhortation : exhortative
an exhortatory appeal

Examples of exhortatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another change is the fact that ideological commitment to the Palestinian struggle can now be found among any number of left-wing internet sites and progressive publications, their on-the-ground reporting combined with exhortatory, often provocative rhetoric. Eric Alterman, The New Republic, 22 Mar. 2023 Under Goldman’s inspired direction, these instructive and exhortatory dimensions coexist with scenes that, without devolving into mere entertainment, recall an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 For a generation now, climate-vulnerable countries have issued a series of variations on a simple exhortatory theme: For this damage, the rich world must pay. David Wallace-Wells, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhortatory was in the 15th century

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“Exhortatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortatory. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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