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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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  • Naturally she gained more by yielding herself to Jim's caresses than by any direct advice or admonishment.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • "No, we can't sit still," they cry, heedless of her admonishment.

  • She flushed violently and obeyed Judge Townsend's admonishment that she must answer all of Marvin's questions.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • And so it went, hardly a man escaping without some admonishment.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • It was evidently in their blood, for nothing, no amount of teaching and admonishment, could get them out of it.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • The priest began his admonishment in a dry, expressionless voice, as though he did not believe what he said.

  • After this admonishment the minister requested the first five on the first form to stay behind.

    Married August Strindberg
  • Stupidly enough, the man comprehended some part of his admonishment.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for admonishment


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 admonishment



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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