- an unfavorable or censorious comment: to make animadversions on someone's conduct.
- the act of criticizing.
Origin of animadversion
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Examples from the Web for animadversion
The same undercurrent of jealousy operates in our reception of animadversion.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
I did not wish to carry with me the animadversion of anybody.
But Mr. Motley comes in for his share of animadversion in Mr. Davis's letter.Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I have carefully abstained from casting a single reflection or animadversion of my own.
However absurd these may be, they are not for our purpose proper subjects of animadversion.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- criticism or censure
- a carefully considered observation
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."