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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? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 1 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 21:47
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    @HotLicks You have further reinforced my intention to use it as much as possible. – WS2 Apr 1 '15 at 21:49
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    Ah, Hortation Hears a Who! – Hot Licks Apr 1 '15 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 '15 at 1:19

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