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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"
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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?
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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.
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While he celebrates Taylor's work, Underwood is hardly hortatory in his tone, even mentioning some of Taylor's weaknesses.
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1984e Do as I say: A study of selected features of hortatory discourse in Eastern Kadazan.