admonish

verb
ad·​mon·​ish | \ ad-ˈmä-nish How to pronounce admonish (audio) \
admonished; admonishing; admonishes

Definition of admonish

transitive verb

1a : to indicate duties or obligations to
b : to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner were admonished for being late
2 : to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to admonished them to be careful … users are admonished to change passwords regularly …— Mark Pothier
3 : to say (something) as advice or a warning The sign admonished, "Watch your step." "Please be silent while I tell my story," LaPautre admonished.— Louise Erdrich

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Other Words from admonish

admonisher noun, plural admonishers
admonishment \ -​mənt How to pronounce admonishment (audio) \ noun, plural admonishments

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

When Should You Use admonish?

Admonish was borrowed in the 14th century (via Anglo-French) from Vulgar Latin admonestare, which is itself an alteration of the Latin verb admonēre, meaning "to warn." Admonēre, in turn, was formed by the combination of the prefix ad- and monēre, "to warn." Other descendants of monēre in English include monitor, monitory ("giving a warning"), premonition, and even a now archaic synonym of admonish, monish. Incidentally, admonish has a number of other synonyms as well, including reprove, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, and chide.

Examples of admonish in a Sentence

"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 He is sympathetic but never condescending, or patronizing, or moralizing. His purpose is not to admonish or deplore but to understand. — C. Vann Woodward, New York Times Book Review, 5 Feb. 1989 Cops are, from the first day in the academy, admonished that juveniles must not be shot unless in dire emergency … — Joseph Wambaugh, Lines and Shadows, 1984 They were admonished to take advantage of the opportunity. my physician is always admonishing me to eat more healthy foods
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Recent Examples on the Web

Analysis Author Marianne Williamson has spent a good portion of her career standing in front of troubled audiences and speaking to them in tones that are soothing, admonishing and invigorating. Robin Givhan, BostonGlobe.com, "Marianne Williamson won’t make you feel better about America, but you’ll feel better about yourself," 27 June 2019 But amid trade tensions, city governments are admonishing these properties for looking up to the West. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s weeding out “Western-worship” property names like “Beverly Villa” and “Versailles Garden”," 21 June 2019 The judge left the courtroom that day toward the jury room, and later admonished jurors repeatedly to not discuss the case. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Manafort trial turns from prosecution’s case to his defense," 13 Aug. 2018 Cheney herself has toed a line that many Republicans have, admonishing Trump’s rhetoric but still supporting his candidacy. Tara Golshan, Vox, "House Republicans have a new messenger: Liz Cheney," 14 Nov. 2018 The case was eventually dropped after a hung jury last year, but the Senate committee admonished Menendez over the gifts. Washington Post, "Menendez and Hugin set sights on each other in Senate race," 31 May 2018 He was formally admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee earlier this year. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "5 primary races to watch Tuesday that aren't in California," 4 June 2018 After days of being dressed down by the judge overseeing the Paul Manafort case, federal prosecutors sought Thursday to put their foot down -- filing a motion complaining that Judge T.S. Ellis III had unfairly admonished them in front of the jury. Peter Doocy, Fox News, "Mueller team files complaint against Manafort trial judge over latest reprimand," 9 Aug. 2018 Judges regularly admonish the government to follow the rule. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of admonish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for admonish

Middle English amonysshen, admonisshen, amonescen, alteration (with assimilation to the verbal suffix -issh, -esce, borrowed from Anglo-French -iss-, going back to the Latin inceptive suffix -ēsc-, -īsc-) of amonesten, borrowed from Anglo-French amonester, going back to Vulgar Latin *admonestāre, probably derivative of *admonestus, past participle of Latin admonēre "to give a reminder to, give advice to, caution" (modeled on comestus, past participle of comedere "to eat up, consume") from ad- ad- + monēre "to bring to the notice of, give warning" — more at mind entry 1

Note: The source of *admonestāre is uncertain. A cross between admonēre and molestāre, "to disturb, annoy, worry," has been hypothesized, though the lack of any Romance progeny for molestus, molestāre, etc., militates against the presence of this verb in proto-Romance.

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admonish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of admonish

formal
: to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism
: to tell or urge (someone) to do something

admonish

verb
ad·​mon·​ish | \ ad-ˈmä-nish How to pronounce admonish (audio) \
admonished; admonishing

Kids Definition of admonish

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

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