- 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: LL(Ec) 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, Glassical Greek charis
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Origin: Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative .