A father admonishes his child.
To reprimand a child who is behaving badly is an example of admonish.
- to caution against specific faults; warn
- to reprove mildly
- to urge or exhort
- to inform or remind, by way of a warning
Origin of admonishMiddle English amonesten from Old French amonester from Medieval Latin an unverified form admonestare, ultimately from Classical Latin admonere from ad-, to + monere, to warn
transitive verbad·mon·ished, ad·mon·ish·ing, ad·mon·ish·es
- a. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous): “[Another competitor in the race] admonished him on the dangers of going out too fast” ( Neal Bascomb ) “Magazine articles … admonished that women's financial independence was driving a wedge between husband and wife” ( Lillian Faderman )b. To urge or exhort (someone to do something): “Writers like Emerson and Thoreau … admonished us to develop ourselves according to nature” ( E.D. Hirsch )c. To remind (someone) of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
- To reprove gently but earnestly: “Lincoln pursued his interests in defiance of established norms. Far from being praised, he was consistently admonished” ( Joshua Wolf Shenk )
Origin of admonishMiddle English amonishen, admonishen alteration of amonesten from Old French amonester, admonester from Vulgar Latin admonestāre from Latin admonēre ad- ad- monēre to warn ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present admonishes, present participle admonishing, simple past and past participle admonished)