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Marked by exhortation or strong urging: a hortatory speech.

[Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative.]


(ˈhɔːtətərɪ; -trɪ) or


tending to exhort; encouraging
[C16: from Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortārī to exhort]
horˈtation n
ˈhortatorily, ˈhortatively adv


(ˈhɔr təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech.
[1580–90; < Late Latin hortātōrius encouraging =hortā(rī) (see hortative) + -tōrius -tory1]
hor′ta•to`ri•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hortatory - giving strong encouragement
encouraging - giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"
References in classic literature ?
I was prepared to be persuasive, touching, and hortatory, admonitory and expostulating, if need be vituperative even, indignant and sarcastic; but what the devil does a mentor do when the sinner makes no bones about confessing his sin?
Nonetheless, transforming traditional ways of living in China will require more than hortatory rhetoric.
and closes with the hortatory "Poets to Come"; in between, Karbiener arranges the poems to create a kind of narrative of Whitman's life, moving from "There Was a Child Went Forth" to "Thanks in Old Age.
We also felt that the production 'defended' Jake Zyrus' actions and decisions too much and too long, at times turning it into a subjective and hortatory exercise in self-serving polemics.
The Pentateuch uses two genres of writing predominantly, the historical narrative genre and the legislative genre, with fewer examples of poetry (among smaller songs: Genesis 49, Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 32 and 33), genealogies (Genesis chapters 5, 10, 11, 25, 36 and 46 among other examples), and hortatory or motivational texts (mostly Deuteronomy chapters 4, 6-11, 2931).
The work also has a somewhat hortatory tone that is made most manifest in the "Foreword" explaining why this book deserves a new life.
It sends these signals not only through its enforcement and settlement practices but also through speeches and other hortatory pronouncements made by government agents.
In 2002 China and the ASEAN governments did sign a Document on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, or DOC But its hortatory spirit and provisions were violated almost from the outset by nearly all six claimants - Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Increasing the income of the bottom 40% of the world's population (one of the key targets for the inequality goal) cannot be done without deep structural reforms to both market pre-distribution and post-market redistribution, if the numerous environmental protection goals and targets that are now central to the global policy agenda are to have more than hortatory meaning.
The term "calls upon" is hortatory and does not impose a requirement.
The word republic refers to real concerns that go beyond an aggregate of private concerns and has strong hortatory overtones: members of the republic should take care of those concerns.
Bishop Ricard's statement was just unprecedented, a hortatory message, almost as if he were exhorting us, to say this is good," said Mary Helen Washington.