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

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
Word Origin

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.”


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