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[ad-mon-ish] /ædˈmɒn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:
The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.
to urge to a duty; remind:
to admonish them about their obligations.
Origin of admonish
late Middle English
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
Related forms
admonisher, noun
admonishingly, adverb
admonishment, noun
preadmonish, verb (used with object)
unadmonished, adjective
1. See warn. 2. rebuke, censure, upbraid. See reprimand. Unabridged
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  • The rule to admonish was a wise one, and was adopted to that end.

    Woman in Prison Caroline H. Woods
  • We come to admonish you that it is prepared, and about to come off.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • In the next place, I have something about which I wish to admonish yourself.

  • I would address you frankly and admonish you to go no more into such places.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • The philosophers among them continued to dispute, the clergy to admonish, the authors to write.

  • Let him admonish, let him teach, let him forbid what is improper!

    The Dhammapada Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for admonish


verb (transitive)
to reprove firmly but not harshly
to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Derived Forms
admonisher, admonitor, noun
admonition (ˌædməˈnɪʃən) noun
admonitory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unattested), from Latin admonēre to put one in mind of, from monēre to advise
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Word Origin and History for admonish

mid-14c., amonesten "remind, urge, exhort, warn, give warning," from Old French amonester (12c.) "urge, encourage, warn," from Vulgar Latin *admonestare, from Latin admonere "bring to mind, remind, suggest;" also "warn, advise, urge," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + monere "advise, warn" (see monitor (n.)).

The -d- was restored on Latin model. The ending was influenced by words in -ish (e.g. astonish, abolish). Related: Admonished; admonishing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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