Premonish

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Premonish To forewarn; to admonish beforehand. "To teach, and to premonish ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • premonish To forewarn; caution beforehand; notify previously.
    • premonish To give warning or advice beforehand; forebode.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Premonish prē-mon′ish to admonish or warn beforehand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. pre-, + monish,: cf. L. praemonere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pre-, before, monish, a corr. form through O. Fr., from L. monēre, to warn.

Usage

In literature:

This fable AEsope reporteth, premonishing men to beware of lighte hope, and vaine truste, to be reposed in frends and kinsfolke.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter
After some years he was premonished that his time to die had come.
"The Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women" by Frederic Rowland Marvin
We entered by the drawbridge, which has an invention to let one fall, if not premonished.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
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In poetry:

Bell-man of night, if I about shall go
For to deny my Master, do thou crow!
Thou stop'st Saint Peter in the midst of sin;
Stay me, by crowing, ere I do begin;
Better it is, premonish'd, for to shun
A sin, than fall to weeping when 'tis done.
"Cock-crow" by Robert Herrick