hor·​ta·​to·​ry ˈhȯr-tə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce hortatory (audio)
: hortative, exhortatory
hortatory sermons

Examples of hortatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tone is urgent, and hortatory, partly because the document doesn’t try to gloss over the challenges. Curbed, 15 Dec. 2022 While Thoreau could be haughty and hortatory, Ms. Shetterly, like one of her other literary heroes, E.B. White, strikes a more measured tone. Danny Heitman, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Nothing in the show is either hortatory or sentimental but only hard-won, such as a series of drawings by Alevtina Kakhidze that begin in 2014 and narrate her contact with her mother in the occupied territory of Donetsk. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 Yet the Administration has interpreted the injunction as merely hortatory. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 May 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hortatory was in 1576

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“Hortatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hortatory. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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