A document giving warning of something, or giving a warning to someone; (Roman Catholic Church) a warning sent to a particular person or about a particular issue by the Holy Office.

Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Flamsteed (1646–1719), astronomer. From post-classical Latin monitum, specifically use of singular form corresponding to classical Latin monita warnings, precepts, use as noun of neuter plural of monitus, past participle of monēre to advise, warn.


“The sky is falling!” was the monitum of Chicken Little, though that classic children’s story probably wasn’t taken from classical Latin.



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