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[ad-muh-nish-uh n] /ˌæd məˈnɪʃ ən/
an act of admonishing.
counsel, advice, or caution.
a gentle reproof.
a warning or reproof given by an ecclesiastical authority.
Origin of admonition
late Middle English
1350-1400; < Latin admonitiōn- (stem of admonitiō); see ad-, monition; replacing late Middle English amonicioun < Anglo-French < Latin; see admonish
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preadmonition, noun Unabridged
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  • He was a man of much influence, but he does not seem to have resisted the admonition.

  • I felt it was so thoughtful of him to give me this admonition.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • It is needless to add that the worthy provost was mollified, and that the little fellow was dismissed with an admonition.

    Scotch Wit and Humor W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
  • With that she recalled her mother's admonition, and went upstairs to Walter's door.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • From you he expects absolution and admonition in his last moments.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
Word Origin and History for admonition

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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