hortatory
1. adjective /ˈhɔː.tə.təɹ.i,ˈhɔɹ.tə.tɔɹ.i/
Giving exhortation or advice; encouraging; exhortatory; inciting.

Not in a curse but in a hortatory appeal.

2. noun /ˈhɔː.tə.təɹ.i,ˈhɔɹ.tə.tɔɹ.i/
a) Exhortation or advice; incitement; encouragement.

I did not know enough of the Book to understand his hortatory but it seemed to please Miz Ann, who thanked him for his blessings, said she did not require his other services, and that he had paid for his meal with his message.

b) That which exhorts, incites, or encourages.

For here as in other points the development of the theory of Ethics would seem to be somewhat impeded by the preponderance of practical considerations; and perhaps a more complete detachment of the theoretical study of right conduct from its practical application is to be desired for the sake even of the latter itself: since a treatment which is a compound between the scientific and the hortatory is apt to miss both the results that it would combine; the mixture is bewildering to the brain and not stimulating to the heart.


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  • Hortatory — Hor ta*to*ry, a. [L. hortatorius.] Giving exhortation or advise; encouraging; exhortatory; inciting; as, a hortatory speech. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hortatory — index hortative, informative, informatory, persuasive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hortatory — 1580s, from M.Fr. hortatoire and directly from L.L. hortatorius encouraging, cheering, from hortatus, pp. of hortari exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate, intensive of horiri urge, incite, encourage, from PIE root *gher to like, want (Cf. O …   Etymology dictionary

  • hortatory — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ intended to exhort someone to do something. ORIGIN Latin hortatorius, from hortari exhort …   English terms dictionary

  • hortatory — [hôr′tətivhôr′tə tôr΄ē] adj. [LL(Ec) hortatorius < pp. of L hortari, to incite, encourage, freq. of horiri, to urge, encourage < IE base * ĝher , to desire > YEARN, Gr charis] 1. serving to encourage or urge to good deeds 2. exhorting;… …   English World dictionary

  • hortatory — adjective Date: 1576 hortative, exhortatory < hortatory sermons > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hortatory — hortatorily, adv. /hawr teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech. [1580 90; < LL hortatorius encouraging, equiv. to horta(ri) (see HORTATIVE) + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • hortatory — hor•ta•to•ry [[t]ˈhɔr təˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] adj. urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech[/ex] • Etymology: 1580–90; < LL hortātōrius encouraging =hortā(rī) (see hortative) + tōrius tory I… …   From formal English to slang

  • hortatory — /hɔˈteɪtəri / (say haw taytuhree), /ˈhɔtətri / (say hawtuhtree) adjective encouraging; inciting, exhorting; urging to some course of conduct or action: a hortatory address. {Late Latin hortātōrius encouraging} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hortatory — Synonyms and related words: admonitory, advisory, autodidactic, cajoling, cautionary, coeducational, consultative, consultatory, cultural, didactic, directive, disciplinary, edifying, educating, educational, educative, enlightening, exhortative,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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