Definition of admonitory in English:



  • Giving or conveying a warning or reprimand.

    ‘the sergeant lifted an admonitory finger’
    • ‘Junichi watched as Murasaki chided her master with a grim expression on her face and her tone was gently admonitory.’
    • ‘But when you ask for it back, don't be surprised to get an admonitory finger-wagging about being over-fixated on money and wealth, when you really should be thinking more about wellbeing and the work-life balance.’
    • ‘Em asked curiously, not at all affected by his admonitory expression.’
    • ‘The discourses of Jesus on the subject appear to be admonitory rather than predictive.’
    • ‘The report's tone is admonitory, its assertions sweeping.’
    • ‘Here, the resulting distortions have become so embarrassing that the sub-entries have recently been left blank, with an admonitory footnote to the effect that the omission arises because the numbers are not to be trusted!’
    • ‘His commentary is inevitably wise and slightly admonitory in tone, as if he cannot bear a mistake he picks out of a fighter's performance: ‘He carried his right hand too low and he's going to suffer for it.’’
    • ‘But you can't really tell the animal off; it's in a cat's nature after all, and they wouldn't understand an admonitory tap on the nose.’
    • ‘There is something a little admonitory - even, perhaps, retaliatory - about such a response.’
    • ‘Her words were admonitory, but there was a smile in her voice and a laugh in her eyes.’
    • ‘Sandra Gilbert, past president of the MLA, is both funny and wisely admonitory.’
    • ‘Whether or not this little tale is true, it does pack an admonitory sting in its tale.’
    • ‘But I suspect other biographers write about lives they consider to be exemplary or admonitory.’
    • ‘‘I'll laugh when that thing stops in the middle of the road in the rain,’ I joked in an admonitory tone.’
    • ‘Slate has picked it up, and I read also (some months after the fact) the admonitory article in the Chronicle on this subject some months ago.’
    • ‘‘Ah, ah, ah,’ Vic said, shaking an admonitory finger at him.’
    • ‘And after the trauma of so many admonitory sermons on the sins of his late father, he never thereafter regarded Scottish Presbyterianism as a fit religion for a gentleman.’
    • ‘Etskae shook his head, and waved an admonitory finger.’
    • ‘Venner was only slightly less admonitory.’
    • ‘Back at my apartment I found an admonitory email from Doug, the CEO. ‘Hi Peter,’ it said. ‘Hope you have incorporated what you learned the other day into your lifestyle.’’
    menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful
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Late 16th century: from medieval Latin admonitorius, from admonit- ‘urged’, from Latin admonere (see admonish).