Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Marked by exhortation or strong urging.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

  • adjective giving strong encouragement

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative.]

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From Latin hortor ("encourage").

Examples

  • In pieces which may be called hortatory, the pulpit eloquence, as it were, of a poet addressing his contemporaries on public matters, the utterances of a patriot and a citizen moved by pity for his fellows, such poetry as the _Discours des Misères de ce Temps_ and the

    A History of French Literature Short Histories of the Literatures of the World: II.

  • I learned, from a single sentence, the terms "hortatory", "nugatory", and "fiduciary", which in context were synonyms describing laws with no actual effect.

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  • He employed elegiac verse as a vehicle for every kind of political and social poetry; some of the poems were sung to the flute at banquets and are more akin to lyric poetry; others, described as {gnomai di elegeias}, elegiac sentences, can hardly be distinguished in essence from "hortatory" epigrams, and two of them have accordingly been included as epigrams of Life in this selection.

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  • These include instructional booklets, hortatory stories, and advice about safety on everything from disposing of chemical waste to surviving nuclear war.

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  • These include instructional booklets, hortatory stories, and advice about safety on everything from disposing of chemical waste to surviving nuclear war.

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  • The conservative scholar James Q. Wilson called it "bland, vague, hortatory and lacking in substance."

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  • But now there are these hortatory statements by content owners, saying no use without permission: is seeing them sufficient to remove our rights?

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  • Unlike "We can absorb a terrorist attack," which taken literally is merely descriptive, the Globe's statement is hortatory.

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  • The bill contains hortatory language but is precariously weak in the details.

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  • These resolutions pass because they are purely hortatory, but a resolution with real teeth authorizing a commission will be a much heavier lift.

    Commissioning Justice for Burma

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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)

    *snicker*

    January 20, 2007