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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-mon-ish]
    • /ædˈmɒn ɪʃ/
    • /ədˈmɒn.ɪʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-mon-ish]
    • /ædˈmɒn ɪʃ/

Definitions of admonish word

  • verb admonish If you admonish someone, you tell them very seriously that they have done something wrong. 3
  • verb admonish to reprove firmly but not harshly 3
  • verb admonish to advise to do or against doing something; warn; caution 3
  • verb transitive admonish to caution against specific faults; warn 3
  • verb transitive admonish to reprove mildly 3
  • verb transitive admonish to urge or exhort 3

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Origin of admonish

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; late Middle English admonish, amonesche, admonesse, amoness, Middle English a(d)monest (with -t later taken as past participle suffix) < Anglo-French, Old French amonester < Vulgar Latin *admonestāre, apparently derivative of Latin admonēre to remind, give advice to (source of -est- uncertain), equivalent to ad- ad- + monēre to remind, warn

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Parts of speech for Admonish


admonish popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

admonish usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for admonish

verb admonish

  • scold — to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.
  • chide — If you chide someone, you speak to them angrily because they have done something wicked or foolish.
  • berate — If you berate someone, you speak to them angrily about something they have done wrong.
  • warn — to give notice, advice, or intimation to (a person, group, etc.) of danger, impending evil, possible harm, or anything else unfavorable: They warned him of a plot against him. She was warned that her life was in danger.
  • upbraid — to find fault with or reproach severely; censure: The military tribunal upbraided the soldier for his cowardice.

Antonyms for admonish

verb admonish

  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • laud — to praise; extol.
  • applaud — When a group of people applaud, they clap their hands in order to show approval, for example when they have enjoyed a play or concert.

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