Definition of exhortation in English:



  • An address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something.

    ‘exhortations to consumers to switch off electrical appliances’
    mass noun ‘no amount of exhortation had any effect’
    • ‘You can almost hear, watching their avidly gleeful faces, the exhortations of the stage manager to look more joyful.’
    • ‘What he needed more than anything, though, was an early goal, to persuade the crowd that their exhortations were worth it.’
    • ‘Will his rebellion be accompanied by patriotic exhortations - the kind which we associate with the freedom struggle that followed?’
    • ‘Edwards also applies this truth to unbelievers with solemn warnings and exhortations.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, there is a preacherly tone to his exhortations that, now more than ever, celebrate and justify secularism and non-belief.’
    • ‘Distant exhortation will have least effect where action is most needed.’
    • ‘Concepts of fire and damnation have given way to more sanguine personal exhortations to love, service and devotion.’
    • ‘Each claims to be more cutting edge than the last, and yet each seems to be cut-and-pasted from the exhortations that preceded it.’
    • ‘But these exhortations have changed little at the grass-roots level.’
    • ‘That story is more interesting than the civic exhortations the daily papers reported, right?’
    • ‘It ends with an exhortation for better communication from all to help establish interdisciplinary collaboration for the ultimate benefit of patients.’
    • ‘Through the closed window in the chambers, the rhythmic exhortations of the protesters could be heard.’
    • ‘Spurred by government exhortations to get fit, reduce congestion and save the environment, commuters are abandoning car for two wheels as never before.’
    • ‘Delivering a series of exhortations, he'll turn a garden party into political group therapy.’
    • ‘Consumers have repeatedly ignored exhortations to buy British and the like in favour of global products.’
    • ‘He must ignore the exhortations to comment under those circumstances and if the media tears him apart, he must let them.’
    • ‘To you our discourse is addressed, and for you our exhortation is intended.’
    • ‘Each mate is responsible for driving his rowing crew faster; Stubbs manages this with odd, sermon-like exhortations.’
    • ‘But repeated exhortations to stop reading in your bedroom, go outside and not be so anti-social do have an impact, particularly when you can see the logic behind them.’
    • ‘One does not take away that choice by permitting, encouraging or preventing the exhortation of the citizen to litigate or not to litigate.’
    urging, encouragement, persuasion, pressure, pressurization, pushing, insistence
    enjoinder, call, charge, injunction
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