an unfavorable or censorious comment:
to make animadversions on someone’s conduct.
the act of criticizing.
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 did not wish to carry with me the animadversion of anybody.
The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence Eugne Sue
Here churning is a mistake; we are sorry to begin with an animadversion, but the word should be churring.
Society for Pure English, Tract 5 Society for Pure English
However absurd these may be, they are not for our purpose proper subjects of animadversion.
Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
The various objects of animadversion are painted in the strongest colours, and placed in the most conspicuous points of view.
The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete C. Suetonius Tranquillus
He selects six of these opinions as specially deserving of animadversion.
The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, Volume 1, October, 1864 Society of Clergymen
I have carefully abstained from casting a single reflection or animadversion of my own.
Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America Moses Grandy
Yet for a time his speculations attracted little attention and no animadversion.
A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III Henry Charles Lea
To experience, also, we may ascribe Stephens’s animadversion regarding friendship.
Famous Authors (Men) E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
animadversion is censure of a high, authoritative, and somewhat formal kind.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
criticism or censure
a carefully considered observation
attention, perception; conscious mental observation
Latin animadvertere ‘to turn the mind to’
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.”
to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon): to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English. Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of. Historical Examples In conclusion, let me animadvert upon the injustice with which, to its own loss, society has treated mesmerism. Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, […]
any member of the kingdom Animalia, comprising multicellular organisms that have a well-defined shape and usually limited growth, can move voluntarily, actively acquire food and digest it internally, and have sensory and nervous systems that allow them to respond rapidly to stimuli: some classification schemes also include protozoa and certain other single-celled eukaryotes that have […]
- Animal behavior
(def 2). a branch of biology that deals with the of animals, encompassing such fields as ethology, comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, and sociobiology. Contemporary Examples In short, the animal behavior expert told the zoo to stop pampering Gus and start treating him like a bear. A Eulogy for Gus, Central Park’s Polar Bear Man of […]
- Animal black
any of various black pigments, as boneblack or ivory black, obtained from calcined animal matter. Historical Examples If the citric acid is not sufficiently white, it is decolorised by digestion with animal black. Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley If […]