Definition of admonish
- were admonished for being late
- admonished them to be careful
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They were admonished to take advantage of the opportunity.
my physician is always admonishing me to eat more healthy foods
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
burn one's ears, get after, get on;
: to speak to (someone) in a way that expresses disapproval or criticism
: to tell or urge (someone) to do something
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