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 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, "A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have similar ideas but competing paths to 2020 victory," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hortatory

1576, in the meaning defined above

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“Hortatory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hortatory. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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