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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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Examples from the web for admonish
  • His intent isn't to offend but to admonish those who deny their biases.
  • In fact, I'd admonish that as defeatism.
  • Last semester, I had to admonish a student for giving me her mother's email address, and pretending it was hers.
  • Benevolent, as always, you admonish and enlighten me with prudent and useful reflections.
  • Nor did she admonish me for having been less than completely forthcoming.
  • Studs Terkel , the oral historian, was known to admonish friends who would read his books but leave them free of markings.
  • Though people may be harsh in some responses, often times other posters will admonish them.
  • After a hearing at which both sides present arguments, the commission can publicly admonish, censure or remove a judge.
  • If you disagree with them, they will look for all and any kind of way to admonish or ban you.
  • If you don't punish and admonish them then you are stating that is acceptable behavior.
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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