ex·​hor·​ta·​tion | \ ˌek-ˌsȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce exhortation (audio) , -sər-; ˌeg-ˌzȯr-, -zər- \

Definition of exhortation

1 : an act or instance of exhorting
2 : language intended to incite and encourage

Examples of exhortation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abrams' exhortation echoed that of Vice President Kamala Harris, who urged parishioners to vote in a video that will be played during morning services in more than 300 Black churches throughout Virginia until Election Day. Jon Brown, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2021 The crowds are screaming, and Alanis, in her long straight hair and T-shirts and loose-fitting dark pants, commands her rock-star moment with a spirit of casual exhortation that few musicians of the time could summon. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 See my explanation and exhortation at this link here. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Southlake Carroll coach Riley Dodge began his post-game speech to his team with a full-throated one-word exhortation. Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 The Yale anthology traces this exhortation from Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi to an article in the November 1962 issue of Esquire magazine. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2021 Now Elbert Hubbard’s exhortation kept coming back to her. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The exhortation comes from Whitney and Brittney Bickham, 31-year-old twin sisters who live in New Orleans. oregonlive, 25 June 2021 In the season of picnics, hikes, and naps in the shade, Lucy Jones’s impassioned exhortation Losing Eden (Pantheon, $27) may feel inevitable and hence almost extraneous. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of exhortation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhortation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhortation. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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