ad·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce admonition (audio) \

Definition of admonition

1 : gentle or friendly reproof remembered the admonition to keep it simple
2 : counsel or warning against fault or oversight the principal's admonition against bullying

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Examples of admonition in a Sentence

an admonition to be careful He offered words of advice and admonition.
Recent Examples on the Web Durón's lawyer, Jose Antonio Solis, stood in the room and repeated a familiar admonition. Jere Longman New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 July 2021 Durón’s lawyer, Jose Antonio Solis, stood in the room and repeated a familiar admonition. New York Times, 12 July 2021 That admonition might be better directed at his G.O.P. enablers, who are preserving, and even promoting, his fantasy that the 2020 election was stolen. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 20 May 2021 All this makes the admonition of Congressional Democrats by former President Barack Obama's pollster, Joel Benenson, compelling. Charlie Dent, CNN, 30 July 2021 In two paragraphs and seven bullet points, the admonition is repeated three times. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 Your suggestions were valid, and the admonition to shower before work was good, but that may not be enough. cleveland, 24 May 2021 Roden wasn’t sure about the Arizona admonition to turn off your lights. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2021 And though his admonition was particularly apt for overlooked quiz questions, the phrase is appropriate for this scenario, too., 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of admonition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for admonition

Middle English ammonicioun, admonicioun, borrowed from Anglo-French amonicion, borrowed from Latin admonitiōn-, admonitiō, from admoni- (variant stem of admonēre "to admonish") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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The first known use of admonition was in the 14th century

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“Admonition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of admonition

: a criticism or warning about behavior


ad·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ ˌad-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce admonition (audio) \

Kids Definition of admonition

: a gentle or friendly criticism or warning an admonition against false pride

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