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

  • n. Mild, kind, yet earnest reproof.
  • n. Cautionary advice or warning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against fault or oversight; warning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act, or an act, of admonishing; counsel or advice; gentle reproof; instruction in duties; caution; direction.
  • n. Eccles., public or private reproof to reclaim an offender: the first step in church discipline, followed, when unheeded, by suspension or excommunication.

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

  • n. cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
  • n. a firm rebuke

Etymologies

Middle English amonicioun, from Old French amonition, from Latin admonitiō, admonitiōn-, from admonitus, past participle of admonēre, to admonish; see admonish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English amonicioun, from Old French amonicion, from Latin admonitio, stem of admonere. The -d- was restored in English in the 17th century. (Wiktionary)

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