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[an-uh-mad-vurt] /ˌæn ə mædˈvɜrt/
verb (used without object)
to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon):
to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of.
Origin of animadvert
1630-40; < Latin animadvertere to heed, censure, equivalent to anim(um), accusative of animus (see animus) + advertere to advert1
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animadverter, noun Unabridged
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verb (intransitive)
usually foll by on or upon. to comment with strong criticism (upon); make censorious remarks (about)
to make an observation or comment
Word Origin
C16: from Latin animadvertere to notice, pay attention, from animus mind + advertere to turn to, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for animadvert

early 15c., "to take notice of," from Latin animadvertere "to notice, to take cognizance of," also "to censure, blame, punish," literally "to turn the mind to" (see animadversion). Sense of "to criticize, blame, censure" in English is from 1660s. Related: Animadverted; animadverting.

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