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exhort (one) to (do something)

To plead with one to do something. I exhorted the kids to behave at the wedding, but I'm still fearing possible tantrums.
See also: exhort, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

exhort someone to do something

to urge or pressure someone to do something. She exhorted us to do better, but we only did worse. The boss exhorted the workers to increase productivity.
See also: exhort, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The instruction closed by expressing confidence that any exhorter from among the clergy would be versed in the Scriptures but, just in case, inserted 20 pages of verse from the Old and New Testaments so that "they might give him ideas and that his ideas be firmed up by them." Still, the author perceptively conceded that the canons are not dogma but a teaching that might help the exhorter understand the criminal's vice and the "virtues that are repugnant to it."
Wallace." Hammet's first missionary was a free black exhorter from Charleston named Samuel Hunt who went to New Providence in 1793.
<<Des qu'il apprend que des Ghaneens qui etaient peut-etre pentecotistes au Ghana, et qui apres leur arrivee ici ont abandonne la foi ou vont dans d'autres Eglises, il va les exhorter a se regrouper, il leur rend visite, et c'est ainsi que de nouvelles branches vont se creer.
Ellison's Brotherhood is memorably set against the black nationalism of Ras the Exhorter. In The Crisis of the Negro intellectual (1967) Harold Cruse similarly opposes Communism to forms of black nationalism.
And he identifies even more practical gifts in his letter to the Roman congregation: We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness (Romans 12:6-8).
There was no cultural commissar in Washington or grand propaganda machine that orchestrated this effort, though there were a few American aspirants to the role of boosterish exhorter, at least in the realm of literature.
He became famous as a local preacher and exhorter, and assisted Major Neal in the organization of classes at Queenston, Drummondville (Niagara Falls South) and old Niagara.
Eventually he does receive his exhorter's license (48), but when he applies for a license to preach he is denied.
Revelation, in this view, has a supplementary role: it functions as warner, exhorter, supplier of detail, and stipulator of ritual requirements.
She is "an exhorter to social action" on behalf of the poor and homeless.
There comes a moment when, though having separated himself from the Brotherhood, he is nevertheless one hunted by the partisans of the West Indian black nationalist, Ras the Exhorter, who conceives the interracialism of the Brotherhood to be a fearfully mischievous confusion of "the blahk man" and who is unrelenting in his pursuit of him who has been its chief spokesman in Harlem.