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

Synonym Discussion of ADMONISH

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.

Rhymes with ADMONISH

ADMONISHING Defined for Kids


verb ad·mon·ish \ad-ˈmä-nish\

Definition of ADMONISH for Kids

:  to criticize or warn gently but seriously <The principal admonished a student for talking.>
:  to give friendly advice or encouragement <I admonished them to keep trying.>


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