admonish

To admonish is to scold. If you want to show someone you're not happy with his behavior, admonish him. It sounds better than "scolding," and it's less painful than spanking.

Coming to English through Old French from the Latin admonere "to advise, remind," admonish is always used with an eye on improving someone's behavior. The exact meaning of this formal verb varies in intensity depending generally on who is being corrected. If a child or subordinate is being admonished, it means "scold" or "rebuke" whereas if someone admonishes a person with equal standing, warn or advise are closer synonyms.

DEFINITIONS OF: admonish

1

v take to task

“He admonished the child for his bad behavior”
Synonyms:
reprove
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

v admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

Synonyms:
discourage, monish, warn
warn
notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
Type of:
advise, counsel, rede
give advice to

v warn strongly; put on guard

Synonyms:
caution, monish
Type of:
warn
notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
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