ad·​mo·​ni·​tion ˌad-mə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce admonition (audio)
: gentle or friendly reproof
remembered the admonition to keep it simple
: counsel or warning against fault or oversight
the principal's admonition against bullying

Examples of admonition in a Sentence

an admonition to be careful He offered words of advice and admonition.
Recent Examples on the Web This new world is in stark odds with previous NCAA admonitions that paying college athletes would destroy amateurism and morph college sports into minor league sports. Michael McCann,, 12 June 2024 To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin’s admonition, voters were given an emerging republic after Mexico’s political transition 30 years ago. Denise Dresser, Foreign Affairs, 17 May 2024 Their admonition was simple: Be flexible, or the system could be changed, or removed. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 31 Jan. 2024 That admonition almost came to fruition on May 11 when a Xavier University student and a recent graduate were arrested outside commencement while wearing medical face masks. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for admonition 

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Word History


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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Cite this Entry

“Admonition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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

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