American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Hortatory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving exhortation; encouraging; inciting.
- n. An address intended to incite or encourage; an exhortation.
- adj. comparable Urging, exhorting, or encouraging.
- adj. grammar, not comparable Of a mood or class of imperative subjunctive moods of a verb for giving strong encouragement.
- n. grammar A mood or class of imperative subjunctive moods of a verb for giving strong encouragement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Giving exhortation; advisory; exhortative.
- n. obsolete An exhortation.
- adj. giving strong encouragement
- From Latin hortātīvus, from hortor ‘exhort’. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin hortātīvus, from Latin hortātus, past participle of hortārī, to exhort; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“This with similar usages throughout the KJV seems to be merely hortative, bleached of any chiding tone.”
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“How did the mere hortative manage to exist alongside the deprecative?”
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“He knew some members of the congregation, including the president, grew restive during his discourse, and would have preferred a more oratorical, hortative style, but he felt his type of sermon was more in keeping with his basic function of teacher, implicit in the word "rabbi.”
“He has fourteen moods; his _interrogative, optative, hortative, promissive, precautive, requisitive, enunciative_, &c. But as far as philosophical accuracy and the convenience and advantage of the learner are concerned, it is believed that no arrangement is preferable to the following.”
“Parson, under high excitement, rained his hortative oratory upon me.”
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