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From Old French exhorter, from Latin exhortor (encourage), from ex (out of, from) + hortor (incite, spur).


  • IPA(key): /ɛɡˈzɔːt/, /ɨɡˈzʰɔɹt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)t
  • Hyphenation: ex‧hort


exhort (third-person singular simple present exhorts, present participle exhorting, simple past and past participle exhorted)

  1. To urge; to advise earnestly.
    Antonyms: dehort, dissuade
    • Bible, Acts ii. 40:
      With many other words did he testify and exhort.
    • J. D. Forbes:
      Let me exhort you to take care of yourself.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 12: The Cyclops]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      Asked if he had any message for the living he exhorted all who were still at the wrong side of Maya to acknowledge the true path for it was reported in devanic circles that Mars and Jupiter were out for mischief on the eastern angle where the ram has power.
    • 2007, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 978-0-7475-9106-1:
      Perhaps because he was determined to make up for having walked out on them, perhaps because Harry’s descent into listlessness galvanized his dormant leadership qualities, Ron was the one now encouraging and exhorting the other two into action.


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