Etymology
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exhort (v.)

c. 1400, exhorten, "to exhort, encourage," from Old French exhorer (13c.) and directly from Latin exhortari "to exhort, encourage, stimulate," from ex, here probably "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hortari "encourage, urge" (from PIE root *gher- (2) "to like, want"). Related: Exhorted; exhorting.

updated on May 03, 2020

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Definitions of exhort from WordNet

exhort (v.)
spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts;
Synonyms: cheer / root on / inspire / urge / barrack / urge on / pep up
exhort (v.)
force or impel in an indicated direction;
Synonyms: urge / urge on / press
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