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ex•hor•ta•tion(ˌɛg zɔrˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sɔr-)
one for the Gipper A highly emotional appeal for an all-out effort; an exhortation to give it one’s all for the sake of some emotionally charged cause; a sentimental pep talk. “The Gipper” was George Gipp (1895-1920), a football player at Notre Dame during the era of the renowned Knute Rockne. When it was learned that “the Gipper,” no longer on the active roster, was suffering from a fatal illness, Rockne reportedly aroused his “Fighting Irish” with the charge, “Let’s win this one for the Gipper.” As used today, the phrase more often carries associations of weepy sentimentality than of true poignancy.
soapbox orator An impassioned street orator, a vehement haranguer, a ranting, emotional speaker; also a soapboxer.
Midday crowds gathered in the sun to hear soapbox speakers supporting labor solidarity. (Time, July 25, 1949)
Wooden boxes or crates such as those in which soap was once packed were formerly used as temporary, makeshift platforms by street orators declaiming to crowds.
soapy Sam A smooth, honey-tongued orator. This term was first applied to Samuel Wilberforce, the Anglican Bishop of Oxford. The Cuddeson College student body, wishing to honor the bishop as well as their principal, Alfred Pott, placed floral arrangements in the form of the initials S.O.A.P. (Samuel, Oxford, Alfred, Pott) upon two pillars. The bishop was shocked to see this rather satiric display, which ultimately served to perpetuate his already common nickname. According to legend, a young girl once inquired of the bishop why he had such an unusual sobriquet. Wilberforce replied “Because I am often in hot water, and always come out with clean hands.” The expression still maintains some use as an epithet for a moralistic, unctuous speaker.
son of thunder An orator who bellows forth his beliefs in spellbinding manner; a vociferous demagogue. This expression is of Biblical origin:
And James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, the sons of thunder. (Mark 3:17)
The phrase alludes to the resonant, reverberating tones produced by a powerful speaker; originally, it carried no negative connotations. The expression is little used today.
tub-thumper A haranguer or ranter; an emotional, emphatic preacher or orator.
An honest Presbyterian tub-thumper, who has lost his voice with bawling to his flock. (Letters from Mist’s Journal 1720-21)
The allusion is to a declamatory speaker, especially a preacher, who repeatedly thumps the tub, a humorous and disparaging term for a pulpit. Use of this derogatory British colloquialism dates from the 17th century.
|Noun||1.||exhortation - a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action|
|2.||exhortation - the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion|
persuasion, suasion - the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
pep talk - a speech of exhortation attempting to instill enthusiasm and determination in a team or staff