admonition

noun
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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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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 The easing or tightening of restrictions on women’s dress, Alinejad notes, is a barometer of Iranian politics; when a new, less reformist Majlis is elected, for instance, women reporters receive admonitions to improve their appearances. Rafia Zakaria, New York Times, "The Woman Whose Hair Frightens Iran," 3 July 2018 But, shorn of their powers, their admonitions lack teeth, and women now shrug them off. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 Still there is something to this ancient admonition: If people didn’t look so adorable in their shearling duds, would Matthew have felt the need to forewarn us, thousands of years ago? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Shearling Coat Is the Epitome of Carnal Cool—7 Timeless Reasons Why," 1 Nov. 2018 The anti-pot-smoking teaching device of my youth wasn't Nancy Reagan's just-say-no admonition but a don’t-do-it-or-you’ll-be-sorry movie called Reefer Madness. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Weed Week Rauner's reefer madness rules despite overwhelming support for legal pot," 17 Apr. 2018 The admonition came as conservatives have complained that Francis is dividing the church with his opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Washington Post, "Pope on Holy Thursday urges priests to be close to sinners," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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admonition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of admonition

formal : a criticism or warning about behavior

admonition

noun
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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