from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by exhortation or strong urging: a hortatory speech.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Giving exhortation or advice; encouraging; exhortatory; inciting.
  • n. Exhortation or advice; incitement; encouragement.
  • n. That which exhorts, incites, or encourages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving exhortation or advise; encouraging; exhortatory; inciting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Encouraging; inciting; urging to some course of conduct or action: as, a hortatory address; a hortatory style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. giving strong encouragement


Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hortor ("encourage"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Star of a Classical Greek class joke:

    Here we have the hortatory or "garden variety" subjunctive, which can often be translated as "let us."

    (get it? let us - lettuce)


    January 20, 2007