admonish

[ad-mon-ish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
2.
to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner: The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.
3.
to urge to a duty; remind: to admonish them about their obligations.

Origin:
1275–1325; late Middle English admonish, amonesche, admonesse, amoness, Middle English a(d)monest (with -t later taken as past participle suffix) < Anglo-French, Old French amonester < Vulgar Latin *admonestāre, apparently derivative of Latin admonēre to remind, give advice to (source of -est- uncertain), equivalent to ad- ad- + monēre to remind, warn

admonisher, noun
admonishingly, adverb
admonishment, noun
preadmonish, verb (used with object)
unadmonished, adjective


1. See warn. 2. rebuke, censure, upbraid. See reprimand.
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admonish (ədˈmɒnɪʃ)
 
vb
1.  to reprove firmly but not harshly
2.  to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
 
[C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unattested), from Latin admonēre to put one in mind of, from monēre to advise]
 
ad'monisher
 
n
 
ad'monitor
 
n
 
admonition
 
n
 
ad'monitory
 
adj

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admonish
early 14c., from O.Fr. amonester (12c.), from V.L. admonestare, from L. admonere "advise, remind," from ad- "to" + monere "advise, warn" (see monitor). The -d- was restored on L. model. The ending was infl. by words in -ish (e.g. astonish). Related: Admonitory (1590s).
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Example sentences
His mirror was no flatterer, but a lifelong admonishment.
What surprised them was the admonishment from the church's insurance company.
If an admonishment is issued, the complainant is notified, but the substance of
  the admonishment is not disclosed.
The defendant also requested an admonishment, but the trial court refused.
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