Origin of animadversion
Examples from the Web for animadversion
Albina soon perceived herself to be an object of remark and animadversion, and she was sadly at a loss to divine the cause.Pencil Sketches|Eliza Leslie
That unlucky poem to my poor Mary has been the cause of some animadversion from ladies in years.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. I. (of VI.)|Thomas Moore
The Queen's toilet was likewise a never-failing subject for animadversion with the Emperor.
The various objects of animadversion are painted in the strongest colours, and placed in the most conspicuous points of view.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete|C. Suetonius Tranquillus
Nor did the misconduct of the present ministry escape the animadversion of the parliament.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
British Dictionary definitions for animadversion
Word Origin and History for animadversion
1590s, "criticism, blame," also sometimes in early use simply "notice, attention" (now obsolete), from Latin animadversionem (nominative animadversio) "investigation, inquiry; perception, observation," noun of action from past participle stem of animadverte "to take cognizance of," literally "to turn the mind to," from animum, accusative of animus "mind" (see animus), + advertere "to turn to" (see advertise). The sense of "to take notice of as a fault" was in Latin; in fact animadverto at times was a euphemism for "to punish with death."