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An address or communication that urges or strongly encourages a person to do something; an exhortation.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Morison (c1510–1556), humanist and diplomat. From classical Latin adhortātiōn-, adhortātiō persuasive speech or discourse, appeal, (in military context) speech or words of encouragement, exhortation from adhortāt-, past participial stem of adhortārī + -iō. Compare French adhortacion exhortation (mid 14th cent in an apparently isolated attestation).
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