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Line breaks: ad|mon|ish
Pronunciation: /ədˈmɒnɪʃ

Definition of admonish in English:


[with object]
1Reprimand firmly: she admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshaven
More example sentences
  • 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 wine
More 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 practices
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  • 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…


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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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