One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn.
warn, prewarn, warn in advance, give advance warning, give fair warning, give notice, advise, apprise, informView synonyms
- ‘When priests are ordained, the bishop warns them that it is their duty to teach, and to premonish, to feed and to provide for the Lord's family.’
- ‘When amid the autumn woods, it were well for us to consider the falling of the leaves as premonishing us of the separation that must soon take place between our bodies and our souls.’
- ‘We premonish both ourselves and others, that no single visit should exceed a quarter of an hour.’
- ‘The United States, he premonished, could not hope to remain an island of democracy in a totalitarian sea.’
- ‘Every traveller is premonished by the oft-repeated advertisement that 'baggage is at the risk of the owner'.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin praemonere ‘forewarn’ with the ending altered after the pattern of admonish.
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