paraenesis

noun pa·raene·sis \pəˈrēnəsə̇s, -ren-\
variants: less commonly

parenesis

\pəˈrēnəsə̇s, -ren-\

Definition of paraenesis

plural

paraeneses

also

pareneses

\-nəˌsēz\
  1. :  an exhortatory composition :  advice, counsel

paraenetic

less commonly

parenetic

\¦parə¦netik\ adjective

paraenetical

less commonly

parenetical

\-tə̇kəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of paraenesis

Late Latin paraenesis, from Greek parainesis, from parainein to advise (from para- 1para- + ainein to speak of, praise, advise, from ainos speech, fable) + -sis


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