v. ex·hort·ed, ex·hort·ing, ex·horts
To urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appeal: exhorted the troops to hold the line.
To make an urgent appeal.
[Middle English exhorten, from Latin exhortārī : ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + hortārī, to encourage; see gher-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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