Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous).
  • transitive verb To urge or exhort (someone to do something).
  • transitive verb To remind (someone) of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.
  • transitive verb To reprove gently but earnestly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To notify of or reprove for a fault; reprove with mildness.
  • To counsel against something; caution or advise; exhort; warn.
  • To instruct or direct; guide.
  • To inform; acquaint with; notify; remind; recall or incite to duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.
  • transitive verb To counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.
  • transitive verb To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb take to task
  • verb admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
  • verb warn strongly; put on guard

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski says news stories about a member of Congress who shouted "You lie!" at the President sent the word admonish to the top of the list of frequently looked-up words in the online dictionary.

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  • Staring at the nude female sunbather fifteen floors below, her tattooed backside exposed so that everyone in the surrounding high-rises could admire or cajole or admonish from the windows next to their cubicles, office workers on every floor calling friends or documenting the view with cell-phone cameras, I realized that no matter how holy or removed from the everyday we might be, we are all rubberneckers to the mundane absurdities that materialize seemingly out of nowhere.

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  • Staring at the nude female sunbather fifteen floors below, her tattooed backside exposed so that everyone in the surrounding high-rises could admire or cajole or admonish from the windows next to their cubicles, office workers on every floor calling friends or documenting the view with cell-phone cameras, I realized that no matter how holy or removed from the everyday we might be, we are all rubberneckers to the mundane absurdities that materialize seemingly out of nowhere.

    July 2004

  • In another "consensually-made recording," Andrew Russo was said to "admonish" Anthony Russo for taking part in a sitdown with the Gambino family over the stabbing of a Colombo associate.

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  • [Footnote 2: So called by Ericsson because it would "admonish" the South, and also suggest to England "doubts as to the propriety of completing four steel-clad ships at three and one-half millions apiece."]

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  • No I don't "admonish" those on the right for using the word communist, and I do not have to show that I've done it in the past to discuss AM760's assertion.

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  • Depending on which dictionary you trust, either "admonish" (Merriam-Webster) or "unfriend" (New Oxford American) was anointed 2009's word of the year.

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  • Depending on which dictionary you trust, either "admonish" (Merriam-Webster) or "unfriend" (New Oxford American) was anointed 2009's word of the year.

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  • Mike Kiley wrote: I am giving my expert opinion as a doctorally trained political scientist; I do not need to give you a link. bagzzaf wrote: No I don't "admonish" those on the right for using the word communist, and I do not have to show that I've done it in the past to discuss AM760's assertion.

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  • John Maynard bagzzaf wrote: No I don't "admonish" those on the right for using the word communist, and I do not have to show that I've done it in the past to discuss AM760's assertion.

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