Pronounced: KAY-fayb, noun

Notes: I don’t think I’ve every run across this word

Yesterday’s word

The word hortatory means “urging some course of positive action; encouraging”

First usage

The word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

I confess that I’ve frequently mispronounced this word; I thought it was HOAR-uh-tore-ee, and I thought it was spelled “horatory”. I’ve heard the word before “preaching” to imply preaching that is encouraging. Our word comes from the Late Latin word hortātōrius (encouraging).

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