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 (ĕg′zôr-tā′shən, ĕk′sôr-)
1. The act or an instance of exhorting.
2. A speech or discourse that encourages, incites, or earnestly advises.


1. the act or process of exhorting
2. a speech or written passage intended to persuade, inspire, or encourage


(ˌɛg zɔrˈteɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sɔr-)

1. the act or process of exhorting.
2. an utterance, discourse, or address conveying urgent advice or recommendations.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]



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.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exhortation - a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some actionexhortation - a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
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


noun (Formal) urging, warning, advice, counsel, lecture, caution, bidding, encouragement, sermon, persuasion, goading, incitement, admonition, beseeching, entreaty, clarion call, enjoinder (rare) eve-of-election front-page exhortations to vote Tory
حَثٌّ، حَضٌّ
hvatning, eggjun


[ˌegzɔːˈteɪʃən] Nexhortación f


nErmahnung f


[ˌɛgzɔːˈteɪʃn] n (frm) exhortation (to)esortazione f (a)


(igˈzoːt) verb
to urge strongly and earnestly.
ˌexhorˈtation (egzoː-) noun
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Clergymen paused in the streets, to address words of exhortation, that brought a crowd, with its mingled grin and frown, around the poor, sinful woman.
The coachman's outburst of exhortation seemed to have inspired him with fear, as well as disgust.
Dolly's exhortation, which was an unusually long effort of speech for her, was uttered in the soothing persuasive tone with which she would have tried to prevail on a sick man to take his medicine, or a basin of gruel for which he had no appetite.
Notwithstanding the occasional exhortation and chiding of his companion, the noise of the horsemen's feet continuing to approach, Wamba could not be prevented from lingering occasionally on the road, upon every pretence which occurred; now catching from the hazel a cluster of half-ripe nuts, and now turning his head to leer after a cottage maiden who crossed their path.
My master added, "that he was daily pressed by the HOUYHNHNMS of the neighbourhood to have the assembly's exhortation executed, which he could not put off much longer.
The patriarch, impatient to be gone, took leave in the most tender manner of the governor and his other friends, recommended our voyage to the Blessed Virgin, and in the field, before we went on shipboard, made a short exhortation, so moving and pathetic, that it touched the hearts of all who heard it.
At a fourth, an exhortation from Moody and a song from Sankey came over the vibrating wire.
The last words of prophetic rebuke and exhortation.
When from dark error's subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection's torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life's current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted, maddened, horror-stricken, At memories of foul disgrace.
When the chief has finished his prayer or exhortation, he says, "I have done," upon which there is a general exclamation in unison.
This was what Dinah had been trying to bring about, through all her still sympathy and absence from exhortation.
Grant proceeded with the solemn and winning exhortation of his service.