Exhortation v. Hortation

Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two?

It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief information of it.

Thank you.

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    Do you really mean OED (which is not available without paying a subscription), or the brief treatment at ODO? Apr 1, 2015 at 20:33
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    The main difference is that the average (US) English speaker won't have the foggiest idea what you're talking about if you say "hortation".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 1, 2015 at 21:45
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    Great. I'll start using it. My ambition is to speak an obsolete tongue. I just wish I had tried harder with Latin at school.
    – WS2
    Apr 1, 2015 at 21:47
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    @HotLicks You have further reinforced my intention to use it as much as possible.
    – WS2
    Apr 1, 2015 at 21:49
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    Ah, Hortation Hears a Who!
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 1, 2015 at 22:45

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Same meaning.

Noah Webster is telling you "exhortation" is more common.

  • During the autumn months, sure, but hortation surely prevails during the spring months!
    – tchrist
    Apr 2, 2015 at 1:19

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