admonish

[ad-mon-ish]
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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.
  3. to urge to a duty; remind: to admonish them about their obligations.

Origin of admonish

1275–1325; late Middle English admonish, amonesche, admonesse, amoness, Middle English a(d)monest (with -t later taken as past participle suffix) < Anglo-French, Old French amonester < 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
Related formsad·mon·ish·er, nounad·mon·ish·ing·ly, adverbad·mon·ish·ment, nounpre·ad·mon·ish, verb (used with object)un·ad·mon·ished, adjective

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Synonym study

1. See warn. 2. See reprimand.
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Examples from the Web for admonishment

Contemporary Examples of admonishment

Historical Examples of admonishment

  • "No, we can't sit still," they cry, heedless of her admonishment.

  • And so it went, hardly a man escaping without some admonishment.

    The Plastic Age

    Percy Marks

  • 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 priest began his admonishment in a dry, expressionless voice, as though he did not believe what he said.


British Dictionary definitions for admonishment

admonish

verb (tr)
  1. to reprove firmly but not harshly
  2. to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
Derived Formsadmonisher 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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Word Origin and History for admonishment

admonish

v.

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.

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