Definitions

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

  • n. A warning or an intimation of something imminent, especially of impending danger.
  • n. Cautionary advice or counsel; an admonition.
  • n. A formal order from a bishop or an ecclesiastical court to refrain from a specified offense.
  • n. A summons or citation in civil or admiralty law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A caution or warning of imminent danger.
  • n. An admonition or rebuke.
  • n. A summons in some courts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Instruction or advice given by way of caution; an admonition; a warning; a caution.
  • n. Information; indication; notice; advice.
  • n. A process in the nature of a summons to appear and answer.
  • n. An order monishing a party complained against to obey under pain of the law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Admonition; warning; instruction given by way of caution: as, the monitions of a friend.
  • n. Indication; intimation.
  • n. In civil and admiralty law, a summons or citation, especially used to commence a suit, or in a proceeding to confirm a title acquired under a judicial sale and to silence all adverse claims.
  • n. In ecclesiastical law, a formal notice, sent by a bishop to one of the subordinate clergy, to require the amendment of some ecclesiastical offense; a monitory letter.
  • n. Synonyms Admonition, Monition, Reprehension, etc. See admonition.

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

  • n. a summons issued after the filing of a libel or claim directing all parties concerned to show cause why the judgment asked for should not be granted
  • n. cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
  • n. a firm rebuke

Etymologies

Middle English monicioun, from Old French monicion, from Latin monitiō, monitiōn-, from monitus, past participle of monēre, to warn; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin monitiō ("warning, admonition"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's a timely monition, and not just for Catholics.

    A Cardinal's Warning on China

  • All the same, the extraordinary pre monition of stirring events to come stayed with him.

    Dearly Beloved

  • Exactly when the first subtle monition of treachery reached him, by what sense it was conveyed -- Hulse never learned, for there were experiences among the finer perceptions that the blind man did not willingly discuss.

    Angel With No Hands

  • She kept silence, with a look of superiority to all monition.

    New Grub Street

  • The tingle wound up in Tasslehoff's ears and, due to the rushing of the blood in his head, he noticed that Fizban's ad - monition to return soon was starting to get lost amidst thoughts of Dark Knights and spies and, most important of all, The Road.

    Dragons of a Fallen Sun

  • In the glow of the Christmas lights, she saw a shadow crossing his features, and Natalie had a sudden pro-monition of what he was thinking.

    A Man Of Secrets

  • 'You handled that very competently I thought, Rupert, but your id monition to be loyal and discreet was hardly necessary.

    The Lighthouse

  • But when a quarter to nine struck, and he saw old Thomas beginning to fidget about with the keys in his hand, he thought of the Doctor's parting monition, and stopped the cornopean at once, notwithstanding the loud-voiced remonstrances from all sides; and the crowd scattered away from the close, the eleven all going into the School-house, where supper and beds were provided for them by the Doctor's orders.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • 'Oh,' says the metaphysician, 'this is association: just so a strain of music reminds you of a fine passage in a book you have read, or a beautiful tone in a picture you have seen; just so the Ranz des Vaches bears the exile to the timber house, with shady leaves, corbelled and strut-supported, whose very weakness appeals to the avalanche that shakes an icicly beard in monition from the impeding crags.'

    The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • In what way, by the aid of what nervous mechanism, was the startling monition conveyed?

    Real Ghost Stories

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  • "an instrument issued from an Admiralty court."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 281

    October 13, 2008