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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 Bass clarinet, accordion and electric bass guitar make doubly sinister the murderous admonition of Alberich (Donnie Ray Albert) to his sleeping son Hagen (Mr. Robinson). Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Twilight: Gods’ Review: Drive-Through Opera in the Motor City," 19 Oct. 2020 Mansfield’s admonition helped Biden forge a relationship with the Mississippi Democrat James Eastland, the powerful, longtime chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an unrepentant segregationist. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Could Joe Biden Actually Bring America Back Together?," 17 Oct. 2020 But there is a second part to their admonition: Decades of growing crisis are already locked into the global ecosystem and cannot be reversed. John Branch, New York Times, "Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.," 22 Sep. 2020 The admonition exists to protect the privacy of the children at the heart of juvenile court cases. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Does court warning on child privacy curb free speech? One man's legal challenge argues it does," 6 Sep. 2020 This admonition over fusing politics and science rings true in the present COVID-19 vaccine development effort, haunted by a tragic historic trail from earlier epidemics. Albert Ko, Fortune, "On COVID-19 vaccines, Big Pharma knows to just say ‘no’," 11 Sep. 2020 The Republic also found most juvenile court judges did not read the admonition to the courtroom. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Does court warning on child privacy curb free speech? One man's legal challenge argues it does," 6 Sep. 2020 Ping-ponging also in my head was my dad's long-ago admonition about canines that still in many ways governs my relationship with these animals. Star Tribune, "Well-seasoned waterfowlers hit their marks," 5 Sep. 2020 And on October 15, 2018, staff reiterated that admonition. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai touted false broadband data despite clear signs it wasn’t accurate," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Admonition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of admonition

formal : 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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