admonish
[ ad-mon-ish ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
Middle Englishfrom the Old French amonester, based on the Latin admonere "urge by warning"
Synonyms
    1.
  • advise
    2.
  • berate censure chide rebuke
Antonyms
    1.
  • allow
    2.
  • flatter compliment laud applaud
Definition
1.to caution, advise, or counsel against something
2.to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner
Examples
1.A) She tried to admonish him from trying again, but he couldn't help himself. B) He didn't want to admonish his employees against leaving, but he was obligated to try.
2.A) While he did admonish his friend for his actions, he tried to be as gentle as possible. B) The students' grades were so bad that the teacher had to admonish them for their performance.
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