- s serving to warn
- s expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective
- Envisioning an ancient toppled monument in a barren desert, Shelley conceived an epitaph that was both ironic and admonitory: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my .
- A chorus sang a frantic admonitory jingle ("Why are so many pee-ee-ple So rough and tough upon their hair? In beauty shops, in barber shops, It shouldn't happen to a mop.
- Hillary's liberalism has a more admonitory edge, in keeping with her buttoned-up demeanor.