• WordNet 3.6
    • n exhortation a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
    • n exhortation the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exhortation Language intended to incite and encourage; advice; counsel; admonition. "I'll end my exhortation after dinner."
    • Exhortation The act of practice of exhorting; the act of inciting to laudable deeds; incitement to that which is good or commendable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exhortation The act or practice of exhorting; incitement by means of argument, appeal, or admonition; the argument or appeal made.
    • n exhortation Incitement to action, as of a nerve; stimulation; irritation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exhortation act of exhorting: language intended to exhort: counsel: a religious discourse
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  • John Milton
    “Adam inquires concerning celestial motions, is doubtfully answered, and exhorted to search rather things more worthy of knowledge.”
  • Plato
    “I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exhortatio,: cf. F. exhortation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exhortāri, -ātusex, inten., hortāri, to urge.


In literature:

How can we exhort sinners without alarming or distressing them?
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
The listener had only one way of helping her, and began to exhort her to become a vegetarian for life.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
He was a very pious man and lost no opportunity of exhorting me to seek religion and become converted.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
There he exhorted her, and, in charity, endeavoured to convert her to the Catholic Faith.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
It will be in vain to exhort him to unite the ancient piety to the modern knowledge.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
I concluded with some remarks on the nature of salvation by grace, exhorting all present to press forward in the heavenly journey.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
As he could not profit by Fink's repeated exhortations to quit, a servant was called.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The way we've been exhorting her for days on end.
"Jane Journeys On" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
They are not exhorted to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit nor to wait for the filling.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
What have exhortations to steady work to do with exhortations to increasing love?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The curate taught, questioned, explained, and exhorted.
"The Carbonels" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The exhortation he then uttered I have repeated often to others.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
She exhorts people to a self-sacrifice she wouldn't practise for the world.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The judge exhorted him to die in silence, like a brave man.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
On every side arose shrieks, groans, exhortations, and curses.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
I cannot refrain from exhortation.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
Christ exhorted those around Him to believe in the light, that they might be the children of the light.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
The Epistle closes with exhortations to be joyful, thankful, and prayerful.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell
There the Norroy King-of-Arms exhorted him to spare blood and yield himself a prisoner.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Did you not yourself exhort the President to be human?
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann

In poetry:

Or, if impelled to interfere
Exhort, uplift, advise,
Lend not a base, betraying ear
To all the victim's cries.
"The Comforters" by Rudyard Kipling
Exhort them all to serve the Lord their God;
'Tis each true Christian's duty, to do so:
Proclaim his might, his praises spread abroad,
And thou to his eternal joys shalt go.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
But, first, exhort them on their God to call,
(With minds replete with a religious fire,
Upon their bended knees) both great and small,
Before they to their nightly rest retire:
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
The Abbot of Inchaffray celebrated mass,
And all along the Scottish lines barefoot he did pass,
With the crucifix in his hand, a most beautitul sight to see,
Exhorting them to trust in God, and He would set them free.
"The Battle of Bannockburn" by William Topaz McGonagall
Not only for that daughter of Samaria’s hot clime—
Child of an ancient people, of a by-gone faith and time—
Was meant the exhortation that from His lips then fell,
But for His Christian children, for us, to-day, as well.
"Our Saviour And The Samaritan Woman At The Well" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
'Gabble-gabble . . . brethren . . . gabble-gabble!'
My window glimpses larch and heather. I hardly hear the tuneful babble,
Not knowing nor much caring whether The text is praise or exhortation,
Prayer of thanksgiving or damnation.
"The Boy In Church" by Robert Graves

In news:

One of Mr Herschensohn's boldest exhortations, and one which differs from every senior member of Congress and every presidential administration in recent memory, is how to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
Bomber's Final Messages Exhort Fighters Against U.S.
Union City teacher's exhortation to be 'all in' pays off for both the Giants and his students.
Rabbit, Run Is an Exhortation Oft Heard in England Now.
Messages of Exhortation , Counsel and Congratulation.
For Anna, an exhortation before marriage.
Dallas-area gardeners already are being exhorted to get tomato transplants in the ground.
As recently as this May, Dean Baker and Ken Hassett exhorted us to pay vigilant attention.
Exhortations to install apps are likely a significant chunk of Facebook's advertising revenues, and now they're poised to become an even bigger factor in the social network's future.
Exhorting congregations to register to vote, church leaders are distributing registration cards in the middle of services, and many are pledging caravans of "souls to the polls" to deliver the vote.
The speaker exhorted audience members to lead lives of unimpeachable rectitude and integrity.
Suze (played by Anne Hathaway look-alike Krysten Ritter), whose exhortations to Rebecca to attend Shopaholics Anonymous sound like something Orman herself might advise.
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Frank Baitman, president of Petards, exhorts Congress to pass laws governing the use of surveillance technologies for security.
In the video not only do they reveal the eight habits of every successful terrorist but they also exhort citizens to report any suspicious activity they observe.
Developers and business leaders have exhorted Chevron to expand operations in the city's Marina Bay district, and now elected officials are set to join the chorus.

In science:

They exhorted experimentalists to improve the data quality.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
I am grateful to all those who exhorted me to make quantitative predictions based on my proposal that quantum dynamics plays an important role in genetic information processing. I particularly thank L.
Testing Quantum Dynamics in Genetic Information Processing
She also exhorted the audience to make the most of the week’s opportunities to learn and discuss and to leave Dublin with a renewed commitment to their vocation as scientists.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society