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


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

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
Related formsan·i·mad·ver·sion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for animadversion


/ (ˌænɪmædˈvɜːʃən) /


criticism or censure
a carefully considered observation
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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."

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