admonishment


admonishment

verb (used with object)

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

verb (tr)

  1. to reprove firmly but not harshly
  2. to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution
v.

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.

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