- to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon): to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English.
- Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of.
Origin of animadvert
Examples from the Web for animadvert
The confusion of Imogen did not allow her to animadvert upon his freedoms.Imogen
Nay, what, after all, are the so heinous faults upon which you animadvert?
It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.The Blue Fairy Book
I presumed to animadvert on his eulogy on Garrick, in his Lives of the Poets.Life of Johnson
It would take up too much time to animadvert upon all the rest of your male and female characters.
- (usually foll by on or upon) to comment with strong criticism (upon); make censorious remarks (about)
- to make an observation or comment
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.