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verb (used without object)
  1. to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon): to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of.
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Origin of animadvert

1630–40; < Latin animadvertere to heed, censure, equivalent to anim(um), accusative of animus (see animus) + advertere to advert1
Related formsan·i·mad·vert·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The confusion of Imogen did not allow her to animadvert upon his freedoms.


    William Godwin

  • Nay, what, after all, are the so heinous faults upon which you animadvert?

  • It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.

  • I presumed to animadvert on his eulogy on Garrick, in his Lives of the Poets.

    Life of Johnson

    James Boswell

  • It would take up too much time to animadvert upon all the rest of your male and female characters.

British Dictionary definitions for animadvert


verb (intr)
  1. (usually foll by on or upon) to comment with strong criticism (upon); make censorious remarks (about)
  2. to make an observation or comment
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin animadvertere to notice, pay attention, from animus mind + advertere to turn to, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for animadvert


early 15c., "to take notice of," from Latin animadvertere "to notice, to take cognizance of," also "to censure, blame, punish," literally "to turn the mind to" (see animadversion). Sense of "to criticize, blame, censure" in English is from 1660s. Related: Animadverted; animadverting.

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