- 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 admonished
He was admonished and fined $50, but allowed to remain in the Army.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
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Katy Perry was admonished for dressing up as an angel while tailing her grandmother to an event.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
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So with its top editorial executive, the Times did as it did, not as admonished others to do.The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson
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Browne told the Times, on the second go 'round, that Kelly admonished the film.Ray Kelly's Dalliance With The Islamophobic Fringes
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“If names be not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things,” he admonished.Find a China Reset Button
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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.
"What is written is written," he said in the voice of one who admonished himself.
"Have a care of the sentinel on the hill-top," Sakr-el-Bahr admonished him, provoking a titter.
- to reprove firmly but not harshly
- to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Word Origin and History for admonished
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.