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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Word Origin & History

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 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.
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