ad·​mon·​ish·​ing | \ ad-ˈmä-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce admonishing (audio) \

Definition of admonishing

: serving to admonish : expressing warning or disapproval in usually an earnest or solicitous way The tranquil profundity of his daily satisfaction seemed sometimes to turn, by a mysterious inward impulse, and face itself with questioning, admonishing, threatening eyes.— Henry James The images from Hiroshima seared the consciousness of a generation, forever serving as an admonishing reminder of mankind's destructive capacities.— Michael Elliott

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Other Words from admonishing

admonishingly adverb
"But there's a deal o' things to be considered, young man," Mr. Glegg added, looking admonishingly at Tom … — George Eliot

First Known Use of admonishing

circa 1569, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admonishing

from present participle of admonish

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The first known use of admonishing was circa 1569

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“Admonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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