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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.
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 admonished
  • In fact he has consistently admonished them to exercise restraint and not act out.
  • Instead of providing a real solution to a real problem, employees are admonished for even thinking of helping people.
  • His fellow authors were admonished to inform, to enchant and to tell a story.
  • No matter how many times they were admonished not to stomp it, they persisted.
  • The district continued the practice for years, the investigation found, even after it was admonished by a state agency.
  • She was admonished by the psychologist for having done so.
  • Those who did not show up at the president's luncheon should be admonished.
  • Whether at the movies or the doctor's office, cellphone users are often admonished to turn the devices off.
  • For ages, mothers have admonished children at the dinner table to slow down and chew their food.
  • My all-time favorite was a post-doc in my graduate lab who admonished me to work harder.
British Dictionary definitions for admonished


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 admonished



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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