Adjective "admonitory" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Giving or conveying a warning or reprimand.
  1. 'But you can't really tell the animal off; it's in a cat's nature after all, and they wouldn't understand an admonitory tap on the nose.'
  2. 'And after the trauma of so many admonitory sermons on the sins of his late father, he never thereafter regarded Scottish Presbyterianism as a fit religion for a gentleman.'
  3. 'His commentary is inevitably wise and slightly admonitory in tone, as if he cannot bear a mistake he picks out of a fighter's performance: ‘He carried his right hand too low and he's going to suffer for it.’'
  4. 'Sandra Gilbert, past president of the MLA, is both funny and wisely admonitory.'
  5. '‘Ah, ah, ah,’ Vic said, shaking an admonitory finger at him.'
  6. 'The report's tone is admonitory, its assertions sweeping.'
  7. 'The discourses of Jesus on the subject appear to be admonitory rather than predictive.'
  8. '‘I'll laugh when that thing stops in the middle of the road in the rain,’ I joked in an admonitory tone.'
  9. 'But when you ask for it back, don't be surprised to get an admonitory finger-wagging about being over-fixated on money and wealth, when you really should be thinking more about wellbeing and the work-life balance.'
  10. 'There is something a little admonitory - even, perhaps, retaliatory - about such a response.'

More definitions

1. tending or serving to admonish; warning: an admonitory gesture.

More examples(as adjective)

"fingers can be admonitory."

"speeches can be admonitory."

"prickles can be admonitory."

"prattles can be admonitory."

"pictures can be admonitory."

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Late 16th century: from medieval Latin admonitorius, from admonit- ‘urged’, from Latin admonere (see admonish).