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

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

Examples of admonishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rose protests the admonishing tone, confidently signaling that the French are no better than her. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 And what happened on Tuesday was this: In key states and races -- from Virginia to New Jersey to Long Island -- voters leaned toward Republicans, rejecting -- or at least admonishing -- Democrats up to and including President Joe Biden. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 But articles also popped up admonishing parents for writing about their kids at all. Heather Lanier, Longreads, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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“Admonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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