Admonish definition

ăd-mŏnĭsh
To inform or remind, by way of a warning.
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To reprove mildly.
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To caution against specific faults; warn.
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To urge or exhort.
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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 warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.
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To counsel against wrong practices; to caution or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; — followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.
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To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.
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To reprove gently but earnestly.
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To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous).
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To urge or exhort (someone to do something).
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To remind (someone) of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
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Origin of admonish

  • Middle English amonishen, admonishen alteration of amonesten from Old French amonester, admonester from Vulgar Latin admonestāre from Latin admonēre ad- ad- monēre to warn men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English admonesten or admonissen, from Old French amonester (modern French admonester), from an unattested Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *admonesstrāre, from Latin admoneō (“remind, warn”), from ad + moneō (“warn, advise”). See premonition.

    From Wiktionary