Definition of admonish
1a : to indicate duties or obligations tob : 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
admonishmentplay \-mənt\ noun
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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
Recent Examples of admonish from the Web
White employees who had similar experiences got new phones and were not admonished, according to the lawsuit.
An ecclesiastical panel deliberating the fate of an Episcopal bishop has admonished him to not attempt another sale of the St. James the Great Church in Newport Beach.
Bankruptcy judges in North Carolina and Pennsylvania have admonished the bank over the practice, according to the class-action lawsuit filed last week.
After all, the comedian admonished young black men to pull their pants up, criticized poor black parents for the profane public behavior of their children, and did so in a very public way.
The comment came after other senators admonished the attorney general for refusing to answer questions about his discussions with president Donald Trump, despite having questionable legal grounds to stay mum.
So the Treasury secretary has been admonishing lawmakers to lift the debt ceiling before quitting town for the August recess.
The Federalist Society doesn’t just elevate conservative judges, but polices them, admonishing judges for rulings that depart from the conservative party line.
As The Plain Dealer's Michael Sangiacomo writes, the Oberlin City Council voted Monday, without any dissenting voices, to condemn and admonish Trump for his decision to withdraw from the climate agreement.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of admonish
ADMONISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of admonish for English Language Learners
: to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism
: to tell or urge (someone) to do something
ADMONISH Defined for Kids
Definition of admonish for Students
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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