Other forms: admonished; admonishing; admonishes

To admonish is to scold. If you want to show someone you're not happy with his behavior, admonish him.

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. verb
    take to task
    “He admonished the child for his bad behavior”
    synonyms: reprove
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    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  2. verb
    admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
    synonyms: discourage, monish, warn
    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
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    type of:
    advise, counsel, rede
    give advice to
  3. verb
    warn strongly; put on guard
    synonyms: caution, monish
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    type of:
    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
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