exhortation exhortation  /ˌɛɡ ˌzɔr ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
  2. (n) the act of exhorting; an earnest attempt at persuasion


  1. First, the technological quick fix simply isn't coming, and second, it defies human nature, which responds better to incentives than to moralistic exhortation.
  2. One song, Let It Go, is both an exhortation to ignore one's mounting problems and an elegiac farewell to the city's golden moment that followed the Cedar Revolution.



  1. "Let us avoid lost lives, let us avoid a violence that devours us all," Mesa, who has been in office less than 20 months, said in a televised address late Tuesday. "This is an exhortation for a country that is on the verge of civil war."
    on Jun 8, 2005 By: Carlos Mesa Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Her own exhortation to her supporters, plus the sense of urgency about doing everything we can to help Barack Obama become the next president of the United States, has motivated an awful lot of us," said Steven Grossman, a leading Clinton...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Steven Grossman Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "The federal government should lead by example and not by exhortation," said Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, who has been encouraging businesses to use the voluntary "E-Verify" screening system.
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: Michael Chertoff Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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affectation affectation
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