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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 eccleslastical authority.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But to this nation it is peculiar, to learn presages and admonitions divine from horses also.
  • If she did not always completely live up to their admonitions, she was not a doubter or a hypocrite about the teachings.
  • These protests will not fade, whatever the temperature or the admonitions from a nonplussed government.
  • Such admonitions can frighten voters, an especially pertinent concern seven months before an election.
  • Increasingly, they will also be able to ignore admonitions to keep their cameras steady in order to avoid a blurry picture.
  • She is full of admonitions about smoking, now that she has given it up, and diet-especially diet.
  • Crane searched his training and remembered only vague admonitions to stay out of bad weather.
  • To act against their admonitions is to risk excommunication and possibly damnation.
  • The jury is reminded of previous admonitions and is excused from the courtroom.
  • We, therefore, do not find the trial judge's admonitions and instruction to the jury inadequate.
Word Origin and History for admonitions



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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