- to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
- to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner: The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.
- to urge to a duty; remind: to admonish them about their obligations.
Origin of admonish
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Examples from the Web for admonish
Beard does admonish the tendency of both academics and popular authors to present speculation as historical truth.The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
He even remembered to thank the voters and admonish cellphone companies for fleecing his fans.Mohammed Assaf: From Underdog to Idol
June 25, 2013
Betty wastes no time in yanking Sally away from the table to admonish her.A Mother's Struggles with Her Teen
September 8, 2010
When it came to politics, Robbins and Sarandon tended to espouse and admonish rather than try to persuade.Hollywood's Liberal Heartbreak
January 3, 2010
The Sheikh is come to admonish Khalid, not to return his visit.The Book of Khalid
I would address you frankly and admonish you to go no more into such places.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
Let him admonish, let him teach, let him forbid what is improper!The Dhammapada
But does not the past admonish those of us who are Preachers and Teachers?Broken Bread
That means: we teach in vain, we admonish in vain; the world has no desire to be better.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II
- to reprove firmly but not harshly
- to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Word Origin and History for admonish
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.