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An admonition is what you say or write when you admonish someone. In other words, it’s a usually gentle, but serious warning or rebuke. For example, a newspaper story about a court case might report, “The judge’s admonition to the jury to stop picking their noses in her courtroom was, to say the least, unusual, but well deserved.”

Newspapers probably haven’t reported that, but one might one day. Who knows? It’s a crazy world.

I don’t want to leave you with the impression that only judges can issue admonitions. I can do it. You can do it. Your Uncle Fred and Aunt Fanny can do it, assuming you have an Uncle Fred and Aunt Fanny. And tight-assed fussbudgets not only can do it, but they typically issue way too many admonitions.

(The above list is not all-inclusive. Anyone else can issue admonitions as well if they so choose. Offer void where prohibited by law.)

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