[ad-mon-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


tending or serving to admonish; warning: an admonitory gesture.

Origin of admonitory

From the Medieval Latin word admonitōrius, dating back to 1585–95. See ad-, monitory
Related formsad·mon·i·to·ri·ly, adverbun·ad·mon·i·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for admonitory

admonishing, exemplary, monitory, warning, reproachful

Examples from the Web for admonitory

Historical Examples of admonitory

  • "See that she gets her tea, sir," she said in a low, admonitory voice to Anthony.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • His daughter's voice, surprised and admonitory, came to him along the wire.

    The Borough Treasurer

    Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • His spirits were too high to notice the admonitory note in her voice.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • Deeply affecting and admonitory are some of the instances he records.

  • Phœbe, in an admonitory tone, suggested that she had seen the British Museum.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

Word Origin and History for admonitory

1590s, from Late Latin admonitorius, from Latin admonitus, past participle of admonere (see admonish).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper