ad·​mon·​i·​to·​ry | \ əd-ˈmä-nə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce admonitory (audio) \

Definition of admonitory

: expressing admonition : warning

Other Words from admonitory

admonitorily \ əd-​ˌmä-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce admonitory (audio) \ adverb

Examples of admonitory in a Sentence

admonitory articles abound around Halloween, warning parents of the hazards of trick-or-treating
Recent Examples on the Web Satire has always had an admonitory function, and besides, some people are so obnoxious that a writer has to slow-walk the reader through their awfulness. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 The majority of the pieces were delivered as lectures at churches, seminaries and universities; thus, most have the distinctly instructive and at times admonitory tone of that kind of educational talk to an audience. Kathleen Rooney,, 16 Feb. 2018 Those seeking a more sobering perspective on the toxic highs of celebrity may want to make the pilgrimage to the Boston area, the cradle of admonitory American puritanism. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2017 Their messages were by turns romantic, topical, admonitory and devout, while the music was hypnotically danceable. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of admonitory

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for admonitory

borrowed from Medieval Latin admonitōrius, from Latin admoni- (variant stem of admonēre "to admonish") + -tōrius, adjectival derivative of -tor, agent suffix

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22 May 2022

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“Admonitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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