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admonish (one) for (something)

To reprimand one for a wrongdoing. Katherine admonished Theresa for arriving late to work.
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admonish someone for something

to warn or scold someone mildly for doing something. The nurse admonished the patient for not eating her dinner.
See also: admonish, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The spiritual director is not a counsellor, therapist, confessor, teacher, mediator or admonisher. He or she is a trusted fellow Christian with more maturity and experience in the spiritual walk than I have and with whom I can meet regularly for spiritual "jam sessions" to encourage me to keep making intentional progress in my spiritual journey.
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(28.) Blake's passage in Milton is anticipated in The Song of Los (6:19-22, E 68), where the "privy admonishers of men / Call for fires in the City [of London]," creating "heaps of smoking ruins / In the night of prosperity & wantonness."
He belonged to the category of the "wise fools" ('uqal[]' al-maj[]n[]n) who, according to Michael Dols, "were often unofficial preachers or free-wheeling admonishers of the people, reminiscent of the Old Testament prophets." M.