Synonyms of warning
1 cautionDictionary • health warnings on cigarette packets
caution • The others got off with a caution but I was fined.
information • They refused to give us any information about her.
advice • Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
notification • We require written notification from the person who signed the booking form.
caveat • He added the caveat that all the figures in the survey were suspect.
word to the wise
2 noticeDictionary • The soldiers opened fire without warning.
notice • Unions are requested to give seven days' notice of industrial action.
word • There is no word from the authorities on the reported attack.
sign • a sign saying that the highway was closed
threat • The people who lived there felt a permanent sense of threat.
tip • A good tip is to buy the most expensive lens you can afford.
alarm • As soon as the door opened he heard the alarm go off.
alert • Due to a security alert, the train did not stop at our station.
tip-off (informal) • He was arrested after a tip-off to police by a member of the public.
heads up (US, Canadian)
3 omenDictionary • a warning of impending doom
omen • Her appearance at this moment is an omen of disaster.
sign • It is a sign of things to come.
forecast • He delivered his election forecast.
indication • He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
token • He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
prediction • He was unwilling to make a prediction for the coming year.
prophecy • Nostradamus's prophecy of the end of the world
premonition • the first premonition of winter
foreboding • No one paid any attention to their gloomy forebodings.
portent • This is a frightening portent for the future.
presage • Soldiers used to believe a raven was a presage of coming battle.
augury • The auguries of death are gathering around him.
rahui (New Zealand)
4 reprimandDictionary • He was given a severe warning from the referee.
reprimand • He has been given a severe reprimand.
talking-to (informal) • He has had a good talking-to and regrets his actions.
censure • It is a controversial policy which has attracted international censure.
counsel • He had always been able to count on her wise counsel.
carpeting (British, informal)
rebuke • 'Silly little boy' was his favourite expression of rebuke.
reproach • Her reproach was automatic.
scolding • He was given a scolding for offending his opponents.
dressing down (informal)
telling-off (informal) • I got a severe telling-off for not phoning him.
admonition • She is full of admonitions about smoking now that she's given up.
reproof • a reproof that she responded to right away
5 exampleDictionary • I hope that your story acts as a warning to other people.
example • We were punished as an example to others.
lesson • There is one lesson to be learned from this crisis.
message • The report's message was unequivocal.
moral • The moral of the story is, let the buyer beware.
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admonitionAn admonition is a warning or criticism about someone's behaviour.
• She is full of admonitions about smoking now that she's given up.
telling off (informal),
telling off (informal),
adviceIf you give someone advice, you tell them what you think they should do in a particular situation.
• Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
• As soon as the door opened he heard the alarm go off.
Thesaurus for warning from the Collins English Thesaurus
a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
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