- 1Reprimand firmly: she admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshavenMore example sentences
reprimand, rebuke, scold, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, reproach, lecture, criticize, take to task, pull up, read the Riot Act to, give a piece of one's mind to, haul over the coals• informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, give someone hellBritish • informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, tear someone off a strip, monster, give someone a mouthful, give someone what for, give someone some stick, give someone a wigging• dated trim, rate, give someone a rating
- It is important that you don't chastise or admonish yourself for your feelings.
- When they reached the Squad's room, they all turned to either glare at or admonish Vi.
- When Stephen King won the National Book Award he used the opportunity to admonish critics for not reading more John Grisham.
- 1.1 [with object and infinitive] Advise or urge (someone) earnestly: she admonished him to drink no more than one glass of wineMore example sentences
- In addition, clients are admonished to drink at least two quarts of water each day to help cleanse the body of toxins associated with weight loss and exercise.
- And Lloyd Best in rebuttal admonished us never to be ‘cautious’ about criticising leadership.
- But doctors are admonished to prescribe this pain reliever only with the utmost caution for a patient with limited kidney function.
- 1.2 • archaic Warn (someone) of something to be avoided: he admonished the people against the evil of such practicesMore example sentences
- We are admonished to avoid speaking ill of the dead, so we'll leave Derrida with this wonderful little story by Michael Martone, a leading figure in the Johns Hopkins creative writing program during the 1960s.
- Each of the moral rules admonishes us to avoid causing a harm…
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- The traditional critical admonishment to distinguish between a writer and his or her work is discarded.
- So we were taken aback the other day when an email we had sent to a York PR firm bounced back, accompanied by a strict admonishment.
- However, enforcement of the dress code regulations has been uneven and, when it occurred, generally consisted of verbal admonishment by security forces.
Middle English amonest 'urge, exhort', from Old French amonester, based on Latin admonere 'urge by warning'. Later, the final -t of amonest was taken to indicate the past tense, and the present tense changed on the pattern of verbs such as abolish; the prefix became ad- in the 16th century by association with the Latin form.