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[muh-nish-uh n, moh-]
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  1. Literary. admonition or warning.
  2. an official or legal notice.
  3. Law. a court order to a person, especially one requiring an appearance and answer.Compare subpoena.
  4. a formal notice from a bishop requiring the amendment of an ecclesiastical offense.
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Origin of monition

1350–1400; Middle English monicio(u)n < Latin monitiōn- (stem of monitiō) warning, equivalent to monit(us) (past participle of monēre to advise, warn) + -iōn- -ion
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Historical Examples

  • Such a commandment, then and there, was that monition about Jenkins's Ear.

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XI. (of XXI.)

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Thrice the monition was given, as required, and given without effect.

  • His wife heaved a deep sigh of apprehension, of renunciation, of monition.

  • It is at once a memorial and a monition to those that dwell beneath it.

    The Alps

    Martin Conway

  • Whichever way he turned there was some monition of its presence.

British Dictionary definitions for monition


  1. a warning or caution; admonition
  2. Christianity a formal notice from a bishop or ecclesiastical court requiring a person to refrain from committing a specific offence
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin monitiō, from monēre to warn
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Word Origin and History for monition


"warning," late 14c., from Old French monition (13c.) and directly from Latin monitionem (nominative monitio) "warning, admonition, reminding," noun of action from past participle stem of monere "to warn" (see monitor (n.)).

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