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Dictionary Definition

admonish

Verb

1 admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet" [syn: warn, discourage, monish]
2 warn strongly; put on guard [syn: caution, monish]
3 take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad behavior" [syn: reprove]

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English

Etymology

admonesten or admonissen, from amonester (modern French admonester), from an unattested or admonesstrare, from admonēre, to remind, to warn; ad- + monēre, to warn. See premonition.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: WEAE /ædˈmɑn.ɪʃ/

Verb

  1. To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.
  2. To counsel against wrong practices; to caution or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; — followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.
  3. To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.

Synonyms

Translations

warn or notify of a fault; exhort
warn against danger or an offense

Quotations

“Well, that's because he daren't trust you. But in his heart he is not a loyal brother. We know that well. So we watch him and we wait for the time to admonish him. I'm thinking that the time is drawing near. There's no room for scabby sheep in our pen. But if you keep company with a disloyal man, we might think that you were disloyal, too. See?” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Valley of Fear
“Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.” The Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible (KJV)
“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” The Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible (KJV)

Extensive Definition

Admonish can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advise, alert, bring to book, call down, call to account, caution, charge, chastise, chide, correct, cry havoc, cry out against, daunt, dissuade, encourage, enjoin, exhort, expostulate, forewarn, frighten off, give fair warning, give notice, give warning, have words with, incite, induce, intimidate, issue a caveat, issue an ultimatum, kid out of, lecture, lesson, move, notify, objurgate, persuade, preach, prompt, rate, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, set down, set straight, sound the alarm, spank, straighten out, take down, take to task, talk out of, threaten, tick off, tip, tip off, unpersuade, upbraid, urge, utter a caveat, warn, warn against
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