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admonish

[ad-mon-ish] /ædˈmɒn ɪʃ/
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
late Middle English
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. See warn. 2. rebuke, censure, upbraid. See reprimand.
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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

admonish

/ədˈmɒnɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reprove firmly but not harshly
2.
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
v.

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.

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