ad·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ˌad-mə-ˈni-shən \

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.

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Still there is something to this ancient admonition: If people didn’t look so adorable in their shearling duds, would Matthew have felt the need to forewarn us, thousands of years ago? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Shearling Coat Is the Epitome of Carnal Cool—7 Timeless Reasons Why," 1 Nov. 2018 The anti-pot-smoking teaching device of my youth wasn't Nancy Reagan's just-say-no admonition but a don’t-do-it-or-you’ll-be-sorry movie called Reefer Madness. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Weed Week Rauner's reefer madness rules despite overwhelming support for legal pot," 17 Apr. 2018 The admonition came as conservatives have complained that Francis is dividing the church with his opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Washington Post, "Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners," 29 Mar. 2018 An announcer precedes each set with a firm but polite admonition to fans to stow their cellphones and fully immerse themselves in the musical moment. Randy Lewis,, "The American ideal in music for July 4? Think Preservation Hall in New Orleans," 4 July 2018 The video shows only the back of a young woman’s head while the headphones bombard us with admonitions, English in one ear, Chinese in the other. Thomas Hine,, "Philly artists' big, urgent show at Woodmere looks out from the rowhouse to the world," 21 June 2018 Sincerely, David Lynch Granted, that’s a pretty flaccid admonition. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 2018 The passage is illustrative of DeKnight’s trademark tone throughout the text: decidedly auntie-like, with equal parts admonition and affirmation. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Despite the judge’s admonition on Thursday, the sides did not leap into each other’s arms. Jeff Gammage,, "Federal judge: Trump, Kenney administrations should compromise in Sanctuary City case," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of admonition

: a criticism or warning about behavior


ad·​mo·​ni·​tion | \ˌad-mə-ˈni-shən \

Kids Definition of admonition

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

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