animadversion

[ an-uh-mad-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
/ ˌæn ə mædˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /

noun

an unfavorable or censorious comment: to make animadversions on someone's conduct.
the act of criticizing.

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Origin of animadversion

1590–1600; < Latin animadversiōn- (stem of animadversiō) a heeding, censure, equivalent to animadvers(us) (past participle of animadvertere to heed, censure; see animadvert) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM animadversion

an·i·mad·ver·sion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for animadversion

animadversion
/ (ˌænɪmædˈvɜːʃən) /

noun

criticism or censure
a carefully considered observation
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