What does admonish mean?

Definitions for admonish
ædˈmɒn ɪʃad·mon·ish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word admonish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. warn, discourage, admonish, monishverb

    admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

    "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet"

  2. caution, admonish, monishverb

    warn strongly; put on guard

  3. admonish, reproveverb

    take to task

    "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"


  1. admonishverb

    To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.

  2. admonishverb

    To counsel against wrong practices; to caution or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.

  3. admonishverb

    To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.

  4. Etymology: admonesten or admonissen, from amonester (modern French admonester), from an unattested or *, from admoneo, from ad + moneo. See premonition.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADMONISHverb

    To warn of a fault; to reprove gently; to counsel against wrong practices; to put in mind of a fault or a duty; with the particle of, or against, which is more rare, or the infinitive mood of a verb.

    Etymology: admonco, Lat.

    One of his cardinals, who better knew the intrigues of affairs, admonished him against that unskilful piece of ingenuity. Decay of Piety.

    He of their wicked ways
    Shall them admonish, and before them set
    The paths of righteousness. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    But when he was admonished by his subject to descend, he came down, gently circling in the air, and singing, to the ground. John Dryden, Virgil’s Past. Dedication of.


  1. admonish

    Admonition (or "being admonished") is the lightest punishment under Scots law. It occurs when an offender who has been found guilty or who has pleaded guilty, is not given a fine, but instead receives a lesser penalty in the form of a verbal warning (admonished), due to a minor infringement of the law; the conviction is still recorded. It is usually the result of either the strict application of law where no real wrong has been caused or where other circumstances (e.g. being detained, attending court) make further punishment unjust in the circumstances specific to the case involved. This disposition is comparable to an absolute discharge in jurisdictions where an absolute discharge involves the recording of a conviction (i.e., where the "discharge" is from punishment only) but stands in contrast to an absolute discharge in jurisdictions in which an absolute discharge does not involve the recording of a conviction as is the case in Scotland under summary procedure (i.e., where the "discharge" is from conviction as well) Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 there is no disclosure period in respect of admonition and it is considered to be spent immediately.


  1. admonish

    Admonish generally means to warn, criticize, or reprimand someone firmly or mildly. It often refers to correcting or advising against certain actions or behaviors.

  2. admonish

    Admonish is a verb that refers to the act of cautioning, advising, or counseling against something. It can also mean to mildly reprimand, express disapproval in a gentle or earnest manner, or urge someone to correct their mistakes or bad habits.

  3. admonish

    To admonish means to warn or reprimand someone firmly, often in a disapproving or corrective manner. It typically refers to a gentle, earnest, or solicitous form of criticism or advice, usually given from a position of authority or responsibility.

  4. admonish

    Admonish is to warn or reprimand someone firmly. It can also mean to advise or urge earnestly, often delivering strong criticism or caution on negative or harmful behaviour.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Admonishverb

    to warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort

  2. Admonishverb

    to counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause

  3. Admonishverb

    to instruct or direct; to inform; to notify

  4. Etymology: [OE. amonesten, OF. amonester, F. admonester, fr. a supposed LL. admonesstrare, fr. L. admonere to remind, warn; ad + monere to warn. See Monition.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Admonish

    ad-mon′ish, v.t. to warn: to reprove mildly.—n. Admon′ishment, admonition. [O. Fr. admonester—Late L. admonestāreadmoneread, to, monere, to warn.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of admonish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of admonish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of admonish in a Sentence

  1. Attorney Dys:

    You can’t ban people from going to a church, this guy is trying to use the legal system to ban city council people from attending any type of church service. To get the court to admonish them for daring to go to a church service is just wrong.

  2. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    There were unfathomable horrors everywhere, they all admonish us to never forget. No, we will never forget. We'll not forget for the sake of the victims, for our own sake, and for the sake of future generations.

  3. Bible, Colossians 3:16:

    Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

  4. Publilius Syrus:

    Admonish thy friends in secret, praise them openly.

  5. Chief Justice John Roberts:

    I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the Democratic House managers and the President's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body, one reason it has earned that title is because its members avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.

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