- serving to admonish or warn; admonitory.
- giving monition.
- Also called monitory letter. a letter, as one from a bishop, containing a monition.
Origin of monitory
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for monitory
The rattlesnake hushed his monitory signal as he approached her.Peter Parley's Own Story
Samuel G. Goodrich
To them, and to my countrymen at large, I offer this farewell, and this monitory counsel.Spencer's Letters
It will be well for the rulers of Europe to heed its monitory voice.
The tone in which these words were spoken was gentle rather than monitory.Mated from the Morgue
John Augustus O'Shea
Him Nature solicits with all her placid, all her monitory pictures.Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- warning or admonishinga monitory look
- rare a letter containing a monition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for monitory
late 15c., from Latin monitorius "admonishing," from monitus, past participle of monere (see monitor (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper