American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Expressing admonition.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing admonition; tending or serving to admonish: as, “admonitory of duty,”
- adj. Of or pertaining to an admonition
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That conveys admonition; warning or reproving.
- adj. serving to warn
- adj. expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
“Hence he is apt to become narrative and admonitory, that is to say, fond of telling long stories, and of doling out advice, to the small profit and great annoyance of his friends.”
“When Heather's book appeared, indeed, a number of conservative commentators remarked it, calling admonitory attention to its author's thesis that a kind of illegal immigration, or technically legal immigration by culturally inassimilable people, played a major role in killing off the largest, longest-lived, most functionally universal polity that ever existed.”
“I had heard from good authority that "to those whose propensities were known, Duroc's information that the Empress was visible was accompanied with a kind of admonitory or courtly hint, that the strictest decency in dress and manners, and a conversation chaste, and rather of an unusually modest turn, would be highly agreeable to their Sovereigns, in consideration of the solemn occasion of a Sovereign”
“An important thing to remember is that the state still owns all of the land in Ethiopia, an admonitory lesson on the dubious benefits of Georgist land tenure.”
“There may even have been some admonitory finger-waving.”
“And because there's a whole lot of characters in this book adopting moral absolutes as unquestioned truths, I have to (a) limit their admonitory exposition and (b) keep the plot moving around the philosophy.”
“Could he have meant it to send an admonitory message, one that might perhaps make such action unnecessary?”
“At first my inclination was to feel a visit to Hiroshima was about as admonitory as visiting Phoenix if I may choose a metaphorically named city.”
“As an undergraduate, I found myself stumbling into Memorial Church in the admonitory light of a few Sunday mornings.”
“In the midst of the Cold War, these two powerful men squabble like boys in a schoolyard, with Vice President Nixon poking an admonitory finger at Mr. Khrushchev's chest.”
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