- The definition of hortatory is a person or thing that pleads or strongly requests someone to take a particular action.
An example of hortatory is a televangelist strongly encouraging their viewers to give money to their organization.
- serving to encourage or urge to good deeds
- exhorting; giving advice
Origin of hortatoryEcclesiastical Late Latin hortatorius ; from past participle of Classical Latin hortari, to incite, encourage, frequentative of horiri, to urge, encourage ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝher-, to desire from source yearn, Classical Greek charis
Origin of hortatoryLate Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative .
(comparative more hortatory, superlative most hortatory)
From Middle French hortatoire, from Latin hortor (“encourage”).