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 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 Editors’ Picks Prosecutors acknowledged on Friday having little control over Mr. Cohen, who, despite their admonitions, has taunted Mr. Trump throughout the trial. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 12 May 2024 The judge’s admonition injected a sense of anticipation into an otherwise placid proceeding, perhaps the first routine day in a most unusual trial. Jonah E. Bromwich, New York Times, 10 May 2024 Willis refused to give yes-or-no answers to simple questions, drawing at least two admonitions from the judge. Robin Abcarian, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 The blunt admonition comes days after the GOP 2024 front-runner suggested the U.S. should not honor its NATO commitments if European countries do not increase their defense contribution to the North Atlantic alliance. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 The White House opened Wednesday’s press briefing with an admonition: Republicans carry the blame for the border crisis. Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 1 Feb. 2024 Consumer advice, including advice couched as strong admonitions, has long been part of its responsibilities. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 The main safety admonitions are to never drive backward on the course, and never stop on the course, because another vehicle might be ripping by at top speed 30 seconds later. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023

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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 28 May. 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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