Definition of admonition in US English:



  • An act or action of admonishing; authoritative counsel or warning.

    ‘the old judge's admonition to the jury on this point was particularly weighty’
    • ‘His admonitions on their shortcomings shamed them but did not change them.’
    • ‘Nor would they have listened to my admonition to refrain from any but nonviolent protests.’
    • ‘Verse 35 even condemns them as the archetypal mischief-makers who ignored the admonitions of earlier prophets.’
    • ‘He then went ahead with settlement building in spite of government admonitions.’
    • ‘We are all against the present US administration's heavy-handed admonitions to reform.’
    • ‘Does anyone out there still heed the old admonition, If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?’
    • ‘Yet one of his subordinates and eventual successor, had experienced similar admonitions from a judge in 1994.’
    • ‘Butler thus condemns the naive admonitions of the historically privileged.’
    • ‘Following written statements, verbal admonitions are given, software is used, and course instructors reinforce Chat limitation guidelines.’
    • ‘In the week after he wrote that memo, he broke his own admonition about discussing the investigation with people outside the company.’
    • ‘Given that history, his admonition to the party essentially amounts to this: Do as I say, not as I did.’
    • ‘She paid no heed to the admonitions of the trial judge.’
    • ‘In our times, this message has far more resonance than a straightforward official admonition to shape up.’
    • ‘This new admonition, new warning from the government just came today.’
    • ‘I don't think that will happen given just how strident the given all the judge's previous admonitions to this panel.’
    • ‘Maybe they should take another look at the Bible and its admonition that we shall be judged by what we do for the least among us.’
    • ‘The regular use of this second comma is one of the early admonitions of our old friends Strunk and White, who tell us that the second comma is often referred to as the ‘serial’ comma.’
    • ‘He mostly responded with admonitions and rebukes, only occasionally being pushed to think through an issue afresh, on the basis of his new Christian principles.’
    • ‘In spite of that admonition, Fichman's book is not a conventional, chronological biography.’
    • ‘Set against all these worries, the perks of a few quid in government money and the admonition that you need kids to support you in your old age is not exactly convincing.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
    exhortation, warning, caution, caveat, piece of advice, admonishment, recommendation
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Late Middle English: from Old French amonition, from Latin admonitio(n-) ‘(cautionary) reminder’ (see admonish).