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

  • adj. Expressing admonition.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to an admonition

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That conveys admonition; warning or reproving.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing admonition; tending or serving to admonish: as, “admonitory of duty,”

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

  • adj. serving to warn
  • adj. expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective


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  • 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.

    Wolfert's Roost and Miscellanies

  • 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.

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

  • 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

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • 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.

    Ethiopia Bleg, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • There may even have been some admonitory finger-waving.

    Lay off the Old Firm, Mr Salmond – Glasgow has more 'shameful' problems | Kevin McKenna

  • 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.

    arise, sir percivale, the noble knight and god's knight, and go with me

  • Could he have meant it to send an admonitory message, one that might perhaps make such action unnecessary?

    How the End Begins

  • 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.

    How the End Begins

  • As an undergraduate, I found myself stumbling into Memorial Church in the admonitory light of a few Sunday mornings.

    Remembering Reverend Gomes: His most memorable quotes

  • 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.

    Tragedy and Comedy of Life


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