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[ ad-mon-ish ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to caution, advise, or counsel against something.
  2. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

    The teacher admonished him about excessive noise.

    Synonyms: upbraid, censure, rebuke

  3. to urge to a duty; remind:

    to admonish them about their obligations.


/ ˌædməˈnɪʃən; ədˈmɒnɪʃ /


  1. to reprove firmly but not harshly
  2. to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
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Derived Forms

  • admonition, noun
  • adˈmonitory, adjective
  • adˈmonisher, noun
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Other Words From

  • ad·mon·ish·er noun
  • ad·mon·ish·ing·ly adverb
  • ad·mon·ish·ment noun
  • pre·ad·mon·ish verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of admonish1

First recorded in 1275–1325; late Middle English admonish, amonesche, admonesse, amoness, Middle English a(d)monest (with -t later taken as past participle suffix), from Anglo-French, Old French amonester, from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unrecorded), apparently derivative of Latin admonēre “to remind, give advice to” (source of -est- is uncertain), equivalent to ad- ad- ( def ) + monēre “to remind, warn”; monitor ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of admonish1

C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unattested), from Latin admonēre to put one in mind of, from monēre to advise
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Synonym Study

See warn. See reprimand.
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Example Sentences

Norman was admonished by Australian Olympic officials for his role in the protest.

Cheney, however, agreed with Pelosi’s decision to remove Jordan and Banks, admonishing both of them and McCarthy for their “disingenuous” rhetoric.

Our school’s student-run newspaper published an in-depth analysis of the report, admonishing the council for its decision.

Dunn admonishes the woman, saying she has to pull over when stopped.

Every Texan has been admonished countless times to “Remember the Alamo!”

Beard does admonish the tendency of both academics and popular authors to present speculation as historical truth.

He even remembered to thank the voters and admonish cellphone companies for fleecing his fans.

Netanyahu used his U.N. speech to seeminly admonish the Obama administration for not having adopted his own red lines.

Betty wastes no time in yanking Sally away from the table to admonish her.

When it came to politics, Robbins and Sarandon tended to espouse and admonish rather than try to persuade.

You must admonish him, John; a man of his principles, his pretended principles, is not suited for married life.

The factory had indeed become a charnel-house, it being useless for the chiefs to admonish their men to keep under cover.

The virgins admonish to walk in a spotless and pure conscience.

A true friend will admonish his erring brother, and if the erring brother has any sense at all he will thank his friend.

The woman kept one hand free to admonish him—by his beady eye he required it—and to tend a simmering pot.