verb ad·mon·ish \ad-ˈmä-nish\

: to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism

: to tell or urge (someone) to do something

Full Definition of ADMONISH

transitive verb
a :  to indicate duties or obligations to
b :  to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
:  to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to
ad·mon·ish·er noun
ad·mon·ish·ing·ly \-ni-shiŋ-lē\ adverb
ad·mon·ish·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ADMONISH

  1. They were admonished to take advantage of the opportunity.
  2. <my physician is always admonishing me to eat more healthy foods>
  3. You landed in back of him, said Paul, my guide and friend. As he admonished me, the fish turned obligingly, opened its mouth, wide and white, and engulfed my fly. —Peter Kaminsky, New York Times, 17 June 2001

Origin of ADMONISH

Middle English admonesten, from Anglo-French amonester, from Vulgar Latin *admonestare, alteration of Latin admonēre to warn, from ad- + monēre to warn — more at mind
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ADMONISH


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