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admonish

[ad-mon-ish] /ædˈmɒn ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
2.
to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:
The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.
3.
to urge to a duty; remind:
to admonish them about their obligations.
Origin of admonish
late Middle English
1275-1325
1275-1325; late Middle English admonish, amonesche, admonesse, amoness, Middle English a(d)monest (with -t later taken as past participle suffix) < Anglo-French, Old French amonester < Vulgar Latin *admonestāre, apparently derivative of Latin admonēre to remind, give advice to (source of -est- uncertain), equivalent to ad- ad- + monēre to remind, warn
Related forms
admonisher, noun
admonishingly, adverb
admonishment, noun
preadmonish, verb (used with object)
unadmonished, adjective
Synonyms
2. rebuke, censure, upbraid.
Synonym Study
1. See warn. 2. See reprimand.
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  • He promised a continuance of his favors, and admonished them to be grateful.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • At the first sign of it he was admonished with a vigor to deter his comrades.

  • "Let me beg you, sir, in your own interests to be serious," he admonished the prisoner.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • "What is written is written," he said in the voice of one who admonished himself.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • "Thy fate has been placed in thine own hands," she admonished him.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for admonished

admonish

/ədˈmɒnɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reprove firmly but not harshly
2.
to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Derived Forms
admonisher, admonitor, noun
admonition (ˌædməˈnɪʃən) noun
admonitory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unattested), from Latin admonēre to put one in mind of, from monēre to advise
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Word Origin and History for admonished

admonish

v.

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.

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