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He admonished the child for his bad behavior
  to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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admonished admonishment admonishes admonish admonishing admonishingly
Strongly Associated with:   admonition
Word Mastery:  To admonish in the sense of expressing disapproval, implies a milder, more friendly expression than to rebuke or criticize. To admonish in the sense of warning or giving advice, does not necessarily imply that any wrong was done. It can merely be the offering of friendly and earnest advice.
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  • He admonished the child for his bad behavior
  • "Harald asks the questions here," a man’s gruff voice admonished.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • He told the story only to papa, who admonished him not to repeat it.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • "Do your homework and don’t tell stories and you might become like your brother Dennis," Mommy admonished.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • At times he felt, deep in his chest, a dying, quiet voice, which admonished him quietly,
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • "It must be so peaceful there, Martha, so safe, so secure."

    "But it’s not a retreat from the world," the voice answered, a gentle admonishment in the words. "It’s not simply a place to hide, Louise. You know that. Otherwise, there would be no point in being here, would there?"
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • GEORGE (Admonishing): Tut, tut, tut.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • "I don’t want him to grow soft playing baseball," he admonished.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • I wouldn’t put it past her to admonish May for something like this, even though May didn’t know any better.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • She admonished them gently when they were behaving badly, and exhorted them to educate themselves, get with God, and love themselves.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • His words came back, admonishing me: What?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Once, in admonishment, I mentioned to Sunny what could happen to young women who strayed from the security of their families, how they would inevitably descend to the lowest level of human society and be forced to sell every part of themselves, in mind and flesh and spirit.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I believe he is admonishing us to go with cheese, which is always sound advice.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "Then I suggest you begin at once," admonished the Dodecahedron from his admonishing face, "for here in Digitopolis everything is quite precise."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "Ah, Cassie, leave him be," Stacey admonished, frowning and kicking testily at the road.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "Don’t be late," Emily admonishes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • The woman said in an admonishing tone, "Young lady, you haven’t been to church in a while."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I do not believe in corporal punishment, yet I did not feel it was my place to admonish Mrs. Brown about her corrective actions.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Amazing to say, it was an ancient but still serviceable wagons-lits carriage complete with carpeted aisle, compartments, lavatories and small lozenge-shaped metallic signs in Polish, French, Russian and German at each window, admonishing the passengers not to lean out.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I no longer have to be admonished, I bow my head automatically when Grace says, "For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful, Amen."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Please, Klaus," Mr. Poe admonished, a word which here means "reprimanded Klaus even though he was interrupting for a very good reason."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • "You’re supposed to moan ecstatically, not giggle," he admonished in a whisper.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • No one cared what he did any longer, no whistle woke him, no telescreen admonished him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She didn’t admonish him at all, which, as you know, was highly unusual.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He expressed admiration for all the great historical styles, but admonished against their wanton mixture.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She leaned across the table and fixed Teabing with an admonishing glare.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And let me in this place movingly admonish you, ye ship-owners of Nantucket!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’Breaded veal cutlets are very nutritious,’ Milo admonished him piously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She thought she saw some admonishment in them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Neither parent made anything of this announcement at the time, although Walt did gently admonish his son, saying "Hey, make sure you come see us before you go."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "You’re letting your supper get cold," she admonished him with a pale gleam of gaiety.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • And once more the court admonished the witness: "Answer yes or no, do you have an opinion?"
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He took his dinner off the stove where she had carefully covered it and which she had admonished us not to bother.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • "You’ll have to remember a little better if you stay here," admonished Marilla.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • "You are too modest, Argetlam," she admonished.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • When they arrived at the office, he was shut up in a little room by himself, and admonished by Mr. Bumble to stay there, until he came back to fetch him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Phyllis had written back expressing interest and admonishing him to read O’Casey before sitting down to it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • We’re coming,’ admonished the Sea-land woman.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • "You needn’t stray off too far in doin’ it," his partner admonished.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • F. The newspapers of the following morning admonished the public not to believe the rumors that there was any trouble in the Southern states.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And I, fearing lest longer stay might vex him who had admonished me to stay but little, turned back from these weary souls.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • "Now, don’t you be for overshooting the mark, Tookey," said Mr. Macey, nodding his head aside admonishingly.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • * Washington, who, after uselessly admonishing the European general of the danger into which he was heedlessly running, saved the remnants of the British army, on this occasion, by his decision and courage.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "That’s enough, Jimmie," Mom admonished him while Dad stood in stricken silence.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I will tolerate no dissension up there," he admonished, staring pointedly at me.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Certainly, if the meteor kindled up the sky, and disclosed the earth, with an awfulness that admonished Hester Prynne and the clergyman of the day of judgment, then might Roger Chillingworth have passed with them for the arch-fiend, standing there with a smile and scowl, to claim his own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Slowly, go slowly," admonished Amah.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Forasmuch as, though your exterior would not command respect, my experience admonishes me that you are a man of education and not accustomed to drinking.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "Son!" the preacher admonished.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
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Associated words [difficulty]:   admonish [2] , admonition [3]
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