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[ad-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ædˈmɒn ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
tending or serving to admonish; warning:
an admonitory gesture.
Origin of admonitory
From the Medieval Latin word admonitōrius, dating back to 1585-95. See ad-, monitory
Related forms
admonitorily, adverb
unadmonitory, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On this especial August evening Mrs. Frank was in an admonitory frame of mind.

  • She took the girl's hand and emitted indefinite, admonitory sounds.

    Georgina's Reasons Henry James
  • Indeed, the history of the Church in this region has been altogether mournful and admonitory.

  • Deeply affecting and admonitory are some of the instances he records.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • The chorus died; and we heard again the deep monody of the sea, like the admonitory voice of fate.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • What an amount of infantile aberrations from propriety is the admonitory Paw-paw!

  • Phœbe, in an admonitory tone, suggested that she had seen the British Museum.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She would have said more, but Peggy held up an admonitory finger.

  • I guess all these islands look alike, sighed Tess, giving up her admonitory attitude for the moment.

  • "Ye must forgive as ye would be forgiven," said the gentle, admonitory voice of the man of God.

    Little Golden's Daughter Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
Word Origin and History for admonitory

1590s, from Late Latin admonitorius, from Latin admonitus, past participle of admonere (see admonish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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