One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Palmerston sent him a blunt admonition over the mistake’
reprimand, rebuke, reproof, remonstrance, reproach, admonishment, stricture, lecture, criticism, recrimination, tirade, diatribe, philippic, harangue, attack
scolding, chastisement, castigation, upbraiding, berating, reproval, censure, condemnation
informal telling-off, dressing-down, talking-to, tongue-lashing, bashing, blast, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap on the wrist, flea in one's ear, earful, roasting, rollicking, caning, blowing-up
British informal rocket, wigging, slating, ticking off, carpeting
NZ Australian informal serve
British vulgar slang bollocking
commendation, pat on the back, praise
2‘the frequent admonitions of his anxious parents’
exhortation, warning, caution, caveat, piece of advice, admonishment, recommendation
injunction, monition, enjoinment, instruction, direction, suggestion, lesson, lecture, precept
advice, counsel, guidance, urging, encouragement, persuasion, pressure
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