From Middle English admonesten, admonissen, from Old French amonester (modern French admonester), from an unattested Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *admonestrāre, from Latin admoneō (“remind, warn”), from ad + moneō (“warn, advise”). See premonition.
- (transitive) To inform or notify of a fault; to rebuke gently or kindly, but seriously; to tell off.
- 1914, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear: A Sherlock Holmes Novel, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, published 27 February 1915, OCLC 1127485186:
- Well, that's because he daren't trust you. But in his heart he is not a loyal brother. We know that well. So we watch him and we wait for the time to admonish him.
- 2017 July 16, Brandon Nowalk, “Chickens and dragons come home to roost on Game Of Thrones (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- […] But then things take a turn, the men starting to keel over as Walder seems to admonish them for leaving certain threads hanging. […]
- (transitive, with of or against) To advise against wrongdoing; to caution; to warn against danger or an offense.
- 1906, Jack London, chapter 2, in White Fang, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, part 1:
- “You needn’t stray off too far in doin’ it,” his partner admonished. “If that pack ever starts to jump you, them three cartridges’d be wuth no more’n three whoops in hell. Them animals is damn hungry, an’ once they start in, they’ll sure get you, Bill.”
- (transitive) To instruct or direct.
warn or notify of a fault; exhort
warn against danger or an offense
To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify
- to admonish
- Eagle, Andy, ed. (2016) The Online Scots Dictionary, Scots Online.