- The definition of admonish means to let someone know that you are not happy with his or her actions or to scold a person.
To reprimand a child who is behaving badly is an example of admonish.
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- to caution against specific faults; warn
- to reprove mildly
- to urge or exhort
- to inform or remind, by way of a warning
Origin: Middle English amonesten ; from Old French amonester ; from Midieval Latin an unverified form admonestare, ultimately ; from Classical Latin admonere ; from ad-, to plush monere, to warn
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transitive verb ad·mon·ished, ad·mon·ish·ing, ad·mon·ish·es
- To reprove gently but earnestly.
- To counsel (another) against something to be avoided; caution.
- To remind of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
Origin: Middle 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.
- ad·monˈish·er noun
- ad·monˈish·ing·ly adverb
- ad·monˈish·ment noun