[ US /ˌædˈmɔnɪˌtɔɹi/ ]
  1. serving to warn
    shook a monitory finger at him
    an exemplary jail sentence
  2. expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
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How To Use admonitory In A Sentence

  • There may even have been some admonitory finger-waving. Lay off the Old Firm, Mr Salmond – Glasgow has more 'shameful' problems | Kevin McKenna
  • I had heard from good authority that "to those whose propensities were known, Duroc's information that the Empress was visible was accompanied with a kind of admonitory or courtly hint, that the strictest decency in dress and manners, and a conversation chaste, and rather of an unusually modest turn, would be highly agreeable to their Sovereigns, in consideration of the solemn occasion of a Sovereign Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete
  • Sandra Gilbert, past president of the MLA, is both funny and wisely admonitory.
  • The last Divinity of poor mankind dethroning himself; sinking _his_ taper too, flame downmost, like the Genius of Sleep or of Death; admonitory that Tailor time shall be no more! Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.
  • An important thing to remember is that the state still owns all of the land in Ethiopia, an admonitory lesson on the dubious benefits of Georgist land tenure. Ethiopia Bleg, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  • 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.
  • 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.’
  • To the captains, supercargoes, or younger merchants in their employ, experienced traders wrote admonitory letters filled with advice regarding the selection of the right Hong merchant to handle a cargo. The Romance of China: Excursions to China in U.S. Culture: 1776-1876
  • ‘Ah, ah, ah,’ Vic said, shaking an admonitory finger at him.
  • The scriptures of Semitic inspiration are hortative, admonitory; they urge, they reprove, they enjoin, they warn.
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