Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) take to task
  2. (verb, communication) admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
    I warn you against false assumptions
    She warned him to be quiet
  3. (verb, communication) warn strongly; put on guard

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Synonyms of Admonish

caution, discourage, monish, reprove, warn

Alternate forms of Admonish

Derivations: admonisher, admonishment, admonition, admonitory

Hypernyms: advise, counsel, criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart, rede, warn

Origin of the word Admonish

  1. early 14c., from O.Fr. amonester (12c.), from V.L. admonestare, from L. admonere "advise, remind," from ad- "to" + monere "advise, warn" (see monitor). The -d- was restored on L. model. The ending was infl. by words in -ish (e.g. astonish). Related: Admonitory (1590s). more

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