One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That exhorts or strongly encourages someone to do something, especially something morally good; exhortatory, encouraging. Also (Grammar): = adhortative.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in George Joye (1490x95–1553), evangelical author. From post-classical Latin adhortatorius of or relating to adhortation, hortatory from classical Latin adhortāt-, past participial stem of adhortārī + -ōrius.
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