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

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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
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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
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حَثٌّ، حَضٌّ
hvatning, eggjun


[ˌegzɔːˈteɪʃən] Nexhortación f
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nErmahnung f
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[ˌɛgzɔːˈteɪʃn] n (frm) exhortation (to)esortazione f (a)
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(igˈzoːt) verb
to urge strongly and earnestly.
ˌexhorˈtation (egzoː-) noun
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
All the Masons sat down in their places, and one of them read an exhortation on the necessity of humility.
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.
"Here, if you please," he said, moving on one side with his nimble gait and pointing to his picture, "it's the exhortation to Pilate.
'There is nothing the matter with you,' returned I, 'except what you have wilfully brought upon yourself, against my earnest exhortation and entreaty.'
The Skynses Their traffic Hunting Food Horses A horse- race Devotional feeling of the Skynses, Nez Perces and Flatheads Prayers Exhortations A preacher on horseback Effect of religion on the manners of the tribes A new light.
When he failed to heal their disputes by his exhortations, he determined to give them a practical illustration of the evils of disunion; and for this purpose he one day told them to bring him a bundle of sticks.
Go long to de spring and wash yerselves!" she said, seconding her exhortations by a slap, which resounded very formidably, but which seemed only to knock out so much more laugh from the young ones, as they tumbled precipitately over each other out of doors, where they fairly screamed with merriment.
Eliot, at the close of his Indian Grammar, mentions him as "a pregnant-witted young man, who had been a servant in an English house, who pretty well understood his own language, and had a clear pronunciation." He took this Indian into his family, and by constant intercourse with him soon become sufficiently conversant with the vocabulary and construction of the language to translate the ten commandments, the Lord's prayer, and several passages of Scripture, besides composing exhortations and prayers.
53-54): Perses, it is urged, is clearly a mere dummy, set up to be the target for the poet's exhortations. On such a matter precise evidence is naturally not forthcoming; but all probability is against the sceptical view.
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.