Meaning of admonitory in English:



  • Giving or conveying a warning or reprimand.

    ‘the sergeant lifted an admonitory finger’
    • ‘‘Ah, ah, ah,’ Vic said, shaking an admonitory finger at him.’
    • ‘Etskae shook his head, and waved an admonitory finger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slate has picked it up, and I read also (some months after the fact) the admonitory article in the Chronicle on this subject some months ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I suspect other biographers write about lives they consider to be exemplary or admonitory.’
    • ‘Whether or not this little tale is true, it does pack an admonitory sting in its tale.’
    • ‘Back at my apartment I found an admonitory email from Doug, the CEO. ‘Hi Peter,’ it said. ‘Hope you have incorporated what you learned the other day into your lifestyle.’’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Here, the resulting distortions have become so embarrassing that the sub-entries have recently been left blank, with an admonitory footnote to the effect that the omission arises because the numbers are not to be trusted!’
    • ‘‘I'll laugh when that thing stops in the middle of the road in the rain,’ I joked in an admonitory tone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sandra Gilbert, past president of the MLA, is both funny and wisely admonitory.’
    • ‘There is something a little admonitory - even, perhaps, retaliatory - about such a response.’
    • ‘The report's tone is admonitory, its assertions sweeping.’
    • ‘Venner was only slightly less admonitory.’
    • ‘Em asked curiously, not at all affected by his admonitory expression.’
    • ‘Junichi watched as Murasaki chided her master with a grim expression on her face and her tone was gently admonitory.’
    • ‘The discourses of Jesus on the subject appear to be admonitory rather than predictive.’
    • ‘Her words were admonitory, but there was a smile in her voice and a laugh in her eyes.’
    menacing, intimidating, bullying, frightening, terrifying, scary, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful


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