• WordNet 3.6
    • v exhort force or impel in an indicated direction "I urged him to finish his studies"
    • v exhort spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts "The crowd cheered the demonstrating strikers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Exhort Exhortation.
    • v. i Exhort To deliver exhortation; to use words or arguments to incite to good deeds. "With many other words did he testify and exhort ."
    • v. t Exhort To incite by words or advice; to animate or urge by arguments, as to a good deed or laudable conduct; to address exhortation to; to urge strongly; hence, to advise, warn, or caution. "Examples gross as earth exhort me.""Let me exhort you to take care of yourself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • exhort To incite by words or advice; animate or urge by arguments to some act, or to some course of conduct or action; stir up.
    • exhort To advise; admonish; caution.
    • exhort Synonyms To incite, stimulate, encourage; appeal to, beg, enjoin, adjure.
    • exhort To deliver exhortation; ecclesiastical, to use appeals or arguments to incite; practise public exhortation.
    • n exhort The act of exhorting; an exhortation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exhort egz-hort′ or egz-ōrt′ to urge strongly to good deeds, esp. by words or advice: to animate: to advise or warn
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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. exhortari,; ex, out + hortari, to incite, encourage; cf. F. exhorter,. See Hortative
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exhortāri, -ātusex, inten., hortāri, to urge.


In literature:

I am always exhorted to cure myself of being myself.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
In times of "revival," he became an "exhorter," and very fervent in prayer.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
Why do I exhort you to courage?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
All of these he "solidly exhorted" and comforted.
"The Scottish Reformation" by Alexander F. Mitchell
The Trojans proceed to the battle, while Agamemnon exhorts the chieftains of the Greeks.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
After repeated tortures and exhortations to recant, they, at length, were ordered for execution.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Ecclesiastics were exhorted to show equal diligence in the prosecution of culprits that were in orders.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Undoubtedly, the Pope's exhortation correctly represented his inclination.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
We needed no exhortation from him to follow their example.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Originally there were two Negro preachers, one a deacon, the other a licentiate, and two exhorters in these early days.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various

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:

Over the past three weeks, my mailbox has been inundated with glossy flyers and giant postcards exhorting me to vote YES on A1 for Animal Care, the 25-year parcel tax that would benefit the Oakland Zoo.
Every month we exhort you to sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter.
Everywhere you turn, someone's exhorting you to "go green".
Everywhere you turn, someone's exhorting you to "go green": build and maintain infrastructure that consumes as little of the planet's finite resources—water, energy, oxygen—as possible.
Sure, the Bible exhorts to "Love thy neighbor as thyself," but he knew better.
Production numbers jump with joy, and the performers seem to take as gospel Conrad Birdie 's exhortation that "Life's a Ball, just waiting for you.".
INDIANAPOLIS — With just a few short weeks left in office, Indiana's longest serving member of Congress exhorted an audience of high school students to venture into the.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Confronting global tumult and Muslim anger, President Barack Obama exhorted world leaders Tuesday to stand fast against violence and extremism, arguing that protecting religiou.
Don't Be Surprised At Brit Hume 's Exhortation for Tiger to Convert.
It features nearly 300 pages of reproductions of North Korea's kitschy public art, which bear state slogans exhorting citizens to preserve national resources, honor the party, and revile the United States.
They exhort people to follow along, support the cause or change their behavior.
Might be the exhortation of soccer coaches but it did not apply in two MLS games this year.
As a candidate for the District 4 Marquette County Commission, seat I am confronted by yard signs exhorting voters to RE-Elect my opponent, Gerry Corkin.
President Obama exhorts Congress to rework the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education reforms before the start of the next school year.
Gunman exhorted other white supremacists to act.

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