I have a homeless friend. This friend drinks too much. This requires money. He asked me for $. I didn’t have any money and then he asked my boss for $ and was verbally pushy about it. She stood her ground but told me about it.
“Admonish:” a. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided or warn (that something is dangerous).
b. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:
I admonished my friend to not ask for money and to stay away from the ministry for a couple weeks.
He has had some rough times recently. Beaten up, robbed, kicked out of abandoned home (that had a fireplace), and pushed into a fire. And still, it seems he has decided to rise to the occasion.
He is living with friends now. He is clean. Drinking less. He has a part time under the table job. And best of all, he has a goal. Hope is a powerful thing.
A beautiful word.