AskDefine | Define exhortation

Dictionary Definition



1 a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
2 the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion [syn: incitement]

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From Latin ex- + hortor, hortari "to encourage."



  1. The act or practice of exhorting; the act of inciting to laudable deeds; incitement to that which is good or commendable.
  2. Language intended to incite and encourage; advice; counsel; admonition.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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