Definition of hortatory in English:


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  • Tending or aiming to exhort.

    ‘the central bank relied on hortatory messages and voluntary compliance’
    • ‘Political commentators, by contrast, are hortatory and didactic - and angry.’
    • ‘Thus there are really two kinds of story: that which shapes the Jesus narrative in each Gospel, and that which influences the didactic and hortatory arguments in the Epistles.’
    • ‘The poems, plays, and essays of the committed cultural nationalist are characterized by a markedly hortatory or didactic manner.’
    • ‘Film acting schooled Reagan in the hortatory oratory of movie dialogue - speeches crafted to sell an ideal or an emotion, and still sound like plain-spoken common sense - techniques he used so dynamically in politics.’
    • ‘Karris acknowledges the author's hortatory use of ‘good deeds’ and the catchword ‘sound’ to shame the opposition and to encourage believers.’
    • ‘If Washington means ‘war’ metaphorically, as when it speaks about a ‘war’ on drugs, the rhetoric would be uncontroversial, a mere hortatory device intended to rally support for an important cause.’
    • ‘I submit the following translation of Tocqueville's final hortatory sentence/paragraph of his masterpiece not as an invidious comparison but as an illustration of differing approaches to the difficult task of translation.’
    • ‘Platitudes, hortatory admonitions, and boilerplate solutions proffered by such international agencies as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund won't take Africans very far.’
    • ‘Girlfight surrounds her with familiar fight-movie elements: the decrepit gym, decorated with hortatory slogans; the wizened coach with his own agenda of disappointments.’
    • ‘Inspector Roberts' document was a Branch Note, a Briefing Note, aspirational, hortatory in character, and entirely lacking in the authoritative provenance that would justify its description as a Policy Document.’
    • ‘It always seems a little odd to be sitting at the computer composing a column containing hortatory thoughts for the January / February issue to launch us into a bright new year while there is so much going on before we get to that.’
    • ‘As is often the case with activist art, the Latin American selection, while rife with political and moral earnestness, is crudely hortatory and almost totally devoid of formal interest.’
    • ‘Constitutionalism implies that the constitution is a real rather than merely hortatory instrument.’
    • ‘In mid-November, the effort came to an unsuccessful end, as the committee opted to draft a hortatory declaration opposing human cloning rather than a binding treaty prohibiting it.’
    • ‘Put into rhyme, it would fit into many of the rueful, hortatory songs of the '60s, when truthtelling was praised both as a moral medicine and for its beauty.’
    • ‘But this argument is irrelevant, because these hortatory declarations are not legally binding treaties of the sort that could grant such powers.’
    • ‘Her hortatory editorials argued for the observance of a national Thanksgiving holiday, and she encouraged the public to write to their local politicians.’
    • ‘For all their efforts, however, the Summit produced few tangible results - it was big on hortatory promises and small on actual commitments.’
    • ‘The show's catalog contains no fewer than 20 essays explaining the therapeutic and hortatory intentions of this work.’
    • ‘Anabaptists encouraged themselves mainly with hortatory texts and liturgical hymns extolling martyrs and martyrdom.’
    exhortatory, exhortative, exhorting, moralistic, homiletic, didactic, pedagogic
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/ˈhôrdəˌtôrē/ /ˈhɔrdəˌtɔri/


Late 16th century from Latin hortatorius, from hortari ‘exhort’.