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admonition

[ad-muh-nish-uh n]
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noun
  1. an act of admonishing.
  2. counsel, advice, or caution.
  3. a gentle reproof.
  4. a warning or reproof given by an ecclesiastical authority.
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Origin of admonition

1350–1400; < Latin admonitiōn- (stem of admonitiō); see ad-, monition; replacing late Middle English amonicioun < Anglo-French < Latin; see admonish
Related formspre·ad·mo·ni·tion, noun
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Related Words

rebukereprimandadvicewarningcounselforewarningreproachreprovalberating

Examples from the Web for admonition

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  • The Trainer's admonition seemed like a cry to a cyclone, as void of usefulness.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I felt it was so thoughtful of him to give me this admonition.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • The physician said a little in the way of reproof and admonition, and left me.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • With that she recalled her mother's admonition, and went upstairs to Walter's door.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • I complied with the admonition, and was able to say that I liked Doctorberger.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill


Word Origin and History for admonition

n.

late 14c., amonicioun "reminding, instruction," from Old French amonicion "admonition, exhortation," from Latin admonitionem (nominative admonitio), noun of action from past participle stem of admonere (see admonish). Meaning "warning" is early 15c. The -d- was restored in English 17c.

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