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

Definition of admonitory

: expressing admonition : warning

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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 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,, "'What Are We Doing Here?' Marilynne Robinson considers our political moment through the lens of faith," 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, "The Pain of Fame, With Sondheim, Warhol and Capote as Guides," 6 Oct. 2017 Their messages were by turns romantic, topical, admonitory and devout, while the music was hypnotically danceable. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "William Onyeabor, Reclusive African Electro-Funk Pioneer, Dies at 70," 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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The first known use of admonitory was in 1577

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“Admonitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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