- 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 admonishing
He made an admonishing speech to Wall Street last week, but it was a day late and a trillion dollars short.Why Mouthing Off Is All the Rage
September 21, 2009
Sometimes Jukes would break in, admonishing hastily: "Look out, sir!"Typhoon
Eileen Pederstone looked in admonishing surprise at her father.The Spoilers of the Valley
She swept an admonishing glance towards the others as she did so.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
The admonishing domino, hitherto peaceful, now took umbrage.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
The young mistress of the house seemed to be admonishing, instructing, someone.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- to reprove firmly but not harshly
- to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Word Origin and History for admonishing
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.