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admonition

[ad-muh-nish-uh n] /ˌæd məˈnɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
an act of admonishing.
2.
counsel, advice, or caution.
3.
a gentle reproof.
4.
a warning or reproof given by an eccleslastical authority.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin admonitiōn- (stem of admonitiō); see ad-, monition; replacing late Middle English amonicioun < Anglo-French < Latin; see admonish
Related forms
preadmonition, noun
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Examples for admonition
  • Advice on how to avoid danger abounds: "Drink plenty of water and walk real slow" is a typical admonition.
  • I'm just saying your admonition is short sighted and incorrect.
  • When he graduated from Exeter in 1938, he ignored his uncle's admonition to go to college.
  • To some students, that admonition may have seemed like empty bluster.
  • If a receiver doesn't finish a route, Garrard delivers a stern admonition not to let it happen again.
  • Remember Lincoln's admonition about opening one's mouth and proving the fool.
  • This admonition comes to mind when I read the recent criticism of oil company profits.
  • He that is open to flattery, is fenced against admonition.
  • Few rules of contemporary society seem more unanimous right now than the strict admonition against using a smartphone at mealtime.
  • But heeding their admonition to end the program would be a grave mistake.
Word Origin and History for admonition
n.

late 14c., amonicioun "reminding, instruction," from Old French amonicion "admonition, exhortation," from Latin admonitionem (nominative admonitio), noun of action from past participle stem of admonere (see admonish). Meaning "warning" is early 15c. The -d- was restored in English 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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