admonition

noun

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

Example Sentences

an admonition to be careful He offered words of advice and admonition.
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Admonition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/admonition. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

admonition

noun
ad·​mo·​ni·​tion ˌad-mə-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce admonition (audio)
: a gentle or friendly criticism or warning

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