animadvert

[ an-uh-mad-vurt ]
/ ˌæn ə mædˈvɜrt /

verb (used without object)

to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon): to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English.

verb (used with object)

Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of.

Origin of animadvert

1630–40; < Latin animadvertere to heed, censure, equivalent to anim(um), accusative of animus (see animus) + advertere to advert1

Related forms

an·i·mad·vert·er, noun
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animadvert

/ (ˌænɪmædˈvɜːt) /

verb (intr)

(usually foll by on or upon) to comment with strong criticism (upon); make censorious remarks (about)
to make an observation or comment

Word Origin for animadvert

C16: from Latin animadvertere to notice, pay attention, from animus mind + advertere to turn to, from vertere to turn
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