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admonish

[ ad-mon-ish ]
/ ædˈmɒn ɪʃ /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of admonish

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 unattasted Vulgar Latin admonestāre, apparently derivative of Latin admonēre “to remind, give advice to” (source of -est- uncertain), equivalent to ad- ad- + monēre “to remind, warn”

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1. See warn. 2. See reprimand.

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British Dictionary definitions for admonish

admonish
/ (ədˈmɒnɪʃ) /

verb (tr)
to reprove firmly but not harshly
to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution

Derived forms of admonish

admonisher or admonitor, nounadmonition (ˌædməˈnɪʃən), nounadmonitory, adjective

Word Origin for admonish

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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