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.

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City leaders, for their part, remain unfazed by Juul’s admonitions and have even been openly hostile toward the company. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "San Francisco, the home of Juul, voted to ban e-cigarettes," 26 June 2019 The admonition embarrassed Castro given that Hillary Clinton was closing in on picking a running mate. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 2019 Goldberg’s admonition to the council: Think it through. Robert Higgs,, "Opponents of plan to return to elected Cuyahoga County sheriff stir memories of the corrupt days of Gerald McFaul," 17 June 2019 McKissic said the admonitions in that verse, and 1 Timothy 2:12, have been misused., "Two Baptist men debate: Should women preach on Sunday?," 10 June 2019 Instead, Lindquist agreed to accept an admonition from the association: the lowest form of discipline. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County’s outgoing prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, admonished by state bar over conduct," 30 Nov. 2018 Ads related to initiative petitions usually end with an admonition — sometimes an ominous one — to vote yes or no on the question number. Joshua Miller,, "The question order has been set for the fall ballot," 9 July 2018 Even that admonition, with which the administration now agrees, has provoked fights inside the government. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, "Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump’s reversal on separating migrant families," 22 June 2018 Rising pressure could turn up the heat most on Germany, which in recent months has been skeptical of U.S. admonitions to scrutinize Huawei. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Poland Urges NATO Allies to Coordinate Against China Cybersecurity Challenges," 13 Jan. 2019

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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

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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