Giving or conveying a warning or reprimand: the sergeant lifted an admonitory finger
More example sentences
- ‘Ah, ah, ah,’ Vic said, shaking an admonitory finger at him.
- Etskae shook his head, and waved an admonitory finger.
- But when you ask for it back, don't be surprised to get an admonitory finger-wagging about being over-fixated on money and wealth, when you really should be thinking more about wellbeing and the work-life balance.
late 16th century: from medieval Latin admonitorius, from admonit- 'urged', from Latin admonere (see admonish).
Definition of admonitory in:
- The US English dictionary