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Sunday, June 18, 2000


\ad-muh-NISH-uhn\ , noun;
Gentle or friendly reproof.
Counseling against a fault or oversight; friendly caution or warning.
After debating whether Keayne should be excommunicated, the congregation concluded that an admonition would suffice.
-- Patricia O'Toole, Money & Morals in America
And in religious families, the biblical admonition, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," is part of living-room and kitchen table conversations.
-- Ann O'Hanlon, "Strange lessons for inquiring children", Irish Times, September 14, 1998
Or there is this simple admonition: "Be careful, God is watching."
-- Roger Cohen, "A Land Where God Is Working Overtime", New York Times, August 23, 1998
Admonition derives from Latin admonitio, admonition-, from admonitus, past participle of admonere, to remind, or warn, strongly, from ad- (here used intensively) + monere, to remind, to warn.
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