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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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  • His mirror was no flatterer, but a lifelong admonishment.
  • What surprised them was the admonishment from the church's insurance company.
  • If an admonishment is issued, the complainant is notified, but the substance of the admonishment is not disclosed.
  • The defendant also requested an admonishment, but the trial court refused.
  • Letters of caution, admonishment, or reprimand are issued directly to the employee without a proposal letter.
  • Moreover, the trial court confirmed the jurors' understanding of the admonishment.
British Dictionary definitions for admonishment

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 admonishment

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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