from The Century Dictionary.

  • To dissuade; advise to the contrary; urge not to do or not to undertake a certain thing; deter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To urge to abstain or refrain; to dissuade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To dissuade


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  • Thirdly, that they that exhort and dehort, where they are required to give counsel, are corrupt counsellors and, as it were, bribed by their own interest.


  • John, xvii. 15, dehort us from; love not the world, nor the things that are in the world: if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Agrippa, and the rest of his weeping friends earnestly besought him, osculantes obsecrarent ne id quod natura cogeret, ipse acceleraret, not to offer violence to himself, with a settled resolution he desired again they would approve of his good intent, and not seek to dehort him from it: and so constantly died, precesque eorum taciturna sua obstinatione depressit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • If they see a man melancholy given, solitary, averse from company, please himself with such private and vain meditations, though he delight in it, they ought by all means seek to divert him, to dehort him, to tell him of the event and danger that may come of it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • This indeed is not to exhort, but to dissuade and dehort by

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • Observing she was learned, and knew so well the duties of life, I turned my arguments rather to dehort her from this public procedure by examples, than precepts.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • Sons of this Age, to labour in this work, no, not at all: but I shall rather dehort all, and every of the curious Indagators of this Art, that they seriously abstain from this most perilous Arcanum, as from a certain Sanctum

    The Golden Calf, Which the World Adores, and Desires

  • He says: "I dehort mine from Christmas keeping and charge them to forbear."

    Christmas Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse

  • He says: "I dehort mine from Christmas keeping and charge them to forbear."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • Thus that admirable saint and martyr, Bishop Hooper, when he came to die, one endeavored to dehort him from death by this: O sir, consider that life is sweet and death is bitter; presently he replied, Life to come is more sweet, and death to come is more bitter, and so went to the stake and patiently endured the fire.

    Sermons to the Natural Man


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  • Should friends be inclined to support

    Or join in the trumpish cohort

    Then make it your chore

    To strongly deplore,

    To reason, implore and dehort.

    June 11, 2018

  • cf. exhort

    July 29, 2019