Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

Does the verb 'to urge' have a stronger connotation than 'to encourage'? a) For instance, if someone said: "I urge you to speak about that subject with your family" does this sound stronger than saying "I encourage you to speak about that subject with your family" b)... show more Does the verb 'to urge' have a stronger connotation than 'to encourage'?



a) For instance, if someone said:


"I urge you to speak about that subject with your family"


does this sound stronger than saying


"I encourage you to speak about that subject with your family"



b) And does the first sentence (or the use of 'to urge'), come across as harsh?
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