hor·​ta·​to·​ry | \ ˈhȯr-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce hortatory (audio) \

Definition of hortatory

: hortative, exhortatory hortatory sermons

Examples of hortatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her posts are more hortatory than her journal entries, but not necessarily more disciplined. The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 While Sanders’ rhetoric was often hortatory and broad, Warren’s speech began with a deeply personal account of her upbringing in Oklahoma and the financial insecurity her family faced — introducing autobiography in a way that Sanders rarely does. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hortatory

1576, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2022

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“Hortatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hortatory. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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