• WordNet 3.6
    • n admonition cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness) "a letter of admonition about the dangers of immorality","the warning was to beware of surprises","his final word of advice was not to play with matches"
    • n admonition a firm rebuke
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Admonition Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n admonition The act, or an act, of admonishing; counsel or advice; gentle reproof; instruction in duties; caution; direction.
    • n admonition Eccles., public or private reproof to reclaim an offender: the first step in church discipline, followed, when unheeded, by suspension or excommunication. Synonyms Admonition, Reprehension, Reproof, Monition, Censure, Reproach, Rebuke, Reprimand, remonstrance, expostulation, warning, suggestion, hint, intimation. In the primary and almost invariable sense, admonition, reprehension, and reproof are bestowed upon conduct which is morally defective. Censure and reprehension may or may not be addressed directly to the person blamed; the utterances expressed by the other words are always so addressed. Admonition is caution or warning with reference to future conduct; it is often based upon past failures: as, admonition not to repeat a fault. It is often an official act, as of the authorities of a church, school, or college. Monition is a softer word, and is mostly confined to subjective promptings or warnings: as, the monitions of conscience or of reason. The other words are wholly retrospective. Reprehension may be the mildest of them, or may be strengthened by an adjective: as, the severest reprehension. It is unofficial, and may denote the act of an equal. Reproof is the act of a superior or elder, an authoritative and personal censure. Censure is unfavorable judgment, generally severe, possibly official. Reproach is censure with opprobrium; it is used chiefly as a relief to excited feelings, and is intended to humiliate rather than correct. Rebuke is energetic and summary, like stopping one's mouth; it implies feeling, like reproach, but more self-control. Reprimand is the act of a superior, is severe, and is often official and public as a form of penalty: as, sentenced to receive a reprimand from his commanding officer in the presence of the regiment. (See the discrimination of corresponding verbs under censure, v.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Admonition ad-mon-ish′un kind reproof: counsel: advice: ecclesiastical censure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. amonicioun, OF. amonition, F. admonition, fr. L. admonitio, fr. admonere,. See Admonish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. admonition-em. See Admonish.


In literature:

These wise admonitions from a mere stripling failed to mollify the conservatives.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
But Morton had stopped short with inquiry and admonition.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
I turned indoors with a sigh, habit directing me to the door of the study, where I paused, reminded of Jerry's final admonitions.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Several of the retainers and a few of the actual household of Chad had received admonitions of this sort.
"The Secret Chamber at Chad" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Till the justice of the world is awakened, such as these will go on, without admonition, and without provocation, to every extremity.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Am I to blame, if I attempt to pay his Grace's hostile reproaches to me with a friendly admonition to himself?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The mother drew Emma to the other side of the room for a word of admonition.
"Gritli's Children" by Johanna Spyri
The law-abiding citizens of Barlow County, who composed the capturing party, were deaf to the admonitions of the crowd.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage.
"The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians" by E. A. Wallis Budge
The duke then took leave of the boy, with an admonition of punctuality.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth

In poetry:

Refining beauty, gentle ways,
The admonitions of the wise,
The love that watches, helps, and prays,
And pities, but doth ne'er despise;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Then, lady, let me stay,
Here where no storm nor surge of discontent
Can find its way;
Hearkening your holy admonitions, blent
With murmurs from the bay.
"Madonna" by Alfred Austin
Go on, blest sage; I could for ever hear,
Untired, thy admonition. Tell me how
I shall obtain the favour of that God
I but begin to know, but fain would serve.
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Dark is the church, and dim the worshippers,
Hushed with bowed heads as though by some old spell.
While through the incense-laden air there stirs
The admonition of a silver bell.
"Benedictio Domini" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Ah, well the great apostle spake
In admonition wise and kind,
Who bade humanity forsake
The petty weaknesses that bind
The spirit like a bird with pinioned wings,
That to a broken bough despairing clings.
"Be not Anxious" by Hattie Howard
Father! Mother! weep if need be, since this is a "time" for weeping,
Comfort comes not for the calling, grief is never argued down—
Coldly sounds the admonition, "Why lament? in better keeping
Rests the child than in your own."
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Joseph County magistrate receives public admonition .
Joseph Probate Magistrate Barbara Johnston received a public admonition Thursday stemming from an ex parte ruling she made in 2011 which denied the father due process in a custody hearing.
More unjust admonition of Israel.
Her same admonition might apply to today's political arena.
Today's story features an updated version of old mom's admonition: The road to dismal duck hunting in Minnesota is paved with asphalt.
Emir 's admonition comes a day after police tear-gassed protesters.
Many people hear this admonition from a physician, friend or family member.
Is an admonition commonly heard by people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease.
To those Proposition 30 supporters believing there would be new and additional monies funneled into school classrooms, take note of The Bee's Nov 18 admonition to the state's Democrat legislators to not waste the money.
We chuckle about those films and somber admonitions such as, "the life you save may be your own.".
They are everyday words, faint admonitions usually associated with librarians, teachers, and camp counselors.
Joseph County magistrate receives public admonition.
(CBS News) "In your own words" is an admonition students hear a lot in school.
We've all heard the warnings, the doctors' admonitions to get brave and submit to any one of an array of screenings.
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's admonition that less is more has precious few adherents in jazz.

In science:

For example, the admonition not to forget that all probabilities are conditional probabilities is essentially the statement that in applications to a particular problem, the denominator of the ratio must be correctly identified.
Foundations of Probability and Physics, Round table