Verb admonish Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


admonish (third-person singular simple present admonishes, present participle admonishing, simple past and past participle admonished)

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

More definition: caution, advise, or counsel against something. reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner, The teacher admonished him about excessive noise. urge to a duty; remind, to admonish them about their obligations.

1. to reprove firmly but not harshly

2. to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution Derived Formsadmonisher, admonitor, nounadmonition (ˌædməˈnɪʃən) nounadmonitory, adjective Word OriginC14, via Old French from Vulgar Latin admonestāre (unattested), from Latin admonēre to put one in mind of, from monēre to adviseCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., amonesten "remind, urge, exhort, warn, give warning," from Old French amonester (12c.) "urge, encourage, warn," from Vulgar Latin *admonestare, from Latin admonere "bring to mind, remind, suggest;" also "warn, advise, urge," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + monere "advise, warn" (see monitor (n.)).The -d- was restored on Latin model. The ending was influenced by words in -ish (e.g. astonish, abolish). Related, Admonished; admonishing.


Sarah knew better than to admonish him for his threat.

"Protesting, that if any man will note in this our Confession any article or sentence repugning to God's Holy Word, that it would please him, of his gentleness, and for Christian charity's sake, to admonish us of the same in writ, and we of our honour and fidelity do promise unto him satisfaction from the mouth of God; that is, from His Holy Scripture, or else reformation of that which he shall prove to be amiss.

And because wee are not without hope of his recovery, wee are not to account him as an enemy but to admonish him as a brother."

Secondly, when it was proposed to admonish them from the Holy Scriptures they said, ` It beseems no one but the pope to interpret the Scriptures,' and, thirdly, when they were threatened with a council, they invented the idea that no one but the pope can call a council.

The duties of the barbas were to visit all within their district once a year, hear their confessions, advise and admonish them; in all services the two ministers sat side by side, and one spoke after the other.

He needs to be admonished not to have a mind which is narrow or myopic.

Mommy puts Sammy down while gently admonishing her to be more careful.

They were admonished and then asked to leave the room.

When admonishing players, the referee should speak with dignity, politeness and in a firm manner.

You can admonish others saying "Why do you torment yourself with such speculations?"

Alpatych had gone out to admonish them, but was told (it was chiefly Karp who did the talking, Dron not showing himself in the crowd) that they could not let the princess go, that there was an order to the contrary, but that if she stayed they would serve her as before and obey her in everything.

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