- 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 admonishment
He spoke to his co-defendant throughout the hearing despite the admonishment of the female judge.London’s Islamic Vigilantes Plead Guilty
November 12, 2013
"No, we can't sit still," they cry, heedless of her admonishment.Through the Gates of Old Romance
W. Jay Mills
And so it went, hardly a man escaping without some admonishment.The Plastic Age
Stupidly enough, the man comprehended some part of his admonishment.The Day of Days
Louis Joseph Vance
Naturally she gained more by yielding herself to Jim's caresses than by any direct advice or admonishment.The Border Legion
The priest began his admonishment in a dry, expressionless voice, as though he did not believe what he said.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories
- to reprove firmly but not harshly
- to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Word Origin and History for admonishment
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.