exhort

verb
ex·​hort | \ ig-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce exhort (audio) \
exhorted; exhorting; exhorts

Definition of exhort

transitive verb

: to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly exhorting voters to do the right thing

intransitive verb

: to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals

Other Words from exhort

exhorter noun

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Exhort is a 15th-century coinage. It derives from the Latin verb hortari, meaning "to incite," and it often implies the ardent urging or admonishing of an orator or preacher. People in the 16th century apparently liked the root -hort, but they couldn't resist fiddling around with different prefixes to create other words similar in meaning to "exhort." They came up with adhort and dehort. Adhort was short-lived and became obsolete after the 17th century. Dehort was similar to exhort and adhort but with a more specific meaning of "to dissuade." It had a better run than adhort, being used well into the late 19th century, but it is now considered archaic.

Examples of exhort in a Sentence

He exhorted his people to take back their land. She exhorted her listeners to support the proposition.
Recent Examples on the Web In its ongoing ploy to find and press fractures in the European Union’s weak security policy, Russia is aiding President Alexander Lukashenko’s effort to exhort Europe through migrants. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Trump has endorsed Youngkin multiple times and called into a rally organized by a right-wing radio host this month to exhort the crowd to vote for him. Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2021 Trump has endorsed Youngkin multiple times and called into a rally organized by a right-wing radio host this month to exhort the crowd to vote for him. Sarah Rankin, ajc, 23 Oct. 2021 Many governments and social organizations exhort us in the same way. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 29 July 2021 Home improvement shows and YouTube channels exhort homeowners to take the leap and get hands-on with renovation projects big and small. Madeleine Deliee, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 June 2021 Biden will exhort Putin on human rights, including the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, not to support the regime in Belarus that carried out a recent skyjacking and to stop interfering with other nations' elections. Jonathan Lemire And Vladimir Isachenkov, Star Tribune, 16 June 2021 Daniels’ decision to exhort graduates to embrace risk doesn’t seem to have occurred in a vacuum. Rob Asghar, Forbes, 26 May 2021 To make its case, the union enlisted prominent politicians such as Sanders and voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to exhort workers to vote yes. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of exhort

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for exhort

Middle English, from Anglo-French exorter, from Latin exhortari, from ex- + hortari to incite — more at yearn

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27 Nov 2021

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“Exhort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhort. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for exhort

exhort

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exhort

: to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something

exhort

verb
ex·​hort | \ ig-ˈzȯrt How to pronounce exhort (audio) \
exhorted; exhorting

Kids Definition of exhort

: to try to influence by words or advice : urge strongly The Centipede was down there too, exhorting them both frantically to greater efforts …— Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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