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(adjective) Serving to warn.

Synonyms: cautionary, exemplary

Usage: Bella, entering with a raised admonitory finger, kissed Lizzie softly, but said not a word.
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More synonyms:

admonishing, cautioning, monitory, premonitory, warning, reproachful

the low, admonitory growl of a fierce old dog

keep an admonitory eye on the school children

the king and queen received admonitory letters from Pope Boniface V

Could he have meant it to send an admonitory message, one that might perhaps make such action unnecessary?

As an undergraduate, I found myself stumbling into Memorial Church in the admonitory light of a few Sunday mornings.

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China, it is reported, has just blown a Vietnamese boat out of the water in an admonitory show of force.

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In literature:

Brown wrote a variety of essays, generally rather admonitory than humorous.

"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

When we were mounted Mac leaned over and muttered an admonitory word for Piegan's ear alone.

"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

What effect can we ascribe to this admonitory chastisement upon the general temper and conduct of the monastic interest?
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1" by Thomas de Quincey

Mr. Wapshott, still swaying by the poop rail, lifted and wagged an admonitory forefinger.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The Princess gave him an admonitory tap on the arm with her red fan, but the joke seemed to amuse them hugely and the betting began at once.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio

Such a display, in such a place, is rational, suitable, and admonitory.
"The Stranger in France" by John Carr

Deeply affecting and admonitory are some of the instances he records.

"The Hero of the Humber" by Henry Woodcock

He put up his hand in admonitory gesture to stay the impending degradation.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden

His face was very red, and he shook an admonitory finger at the startled Neale O'Neil.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
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OK, I like this one. It seems that most of the Word of the Day, words are very difficult to put into an every day conversation, but this one, just maybe, could be added to a sentence while you are talking to a bunch of old high school friends, lol.......
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