admonish

[ ad-mon-ish ]
/ ædˈmɒn ɪʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. admittance,
  2. admittedly,
  3. admittee,
  4. admix,
  5. admixture,
  6. admonition,
  7. admonitor,
  8. admonitory,
  9. admov.,
  10. adn

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 forms

Synonym study

1. See warn. 2. See reprimand.

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British Dictionary definitions for admonishment

admonish

/ (ədˈmɒnɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to reprove firmly but not harshly
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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