Etymology
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animadversion (n.)

1590s, "criticism, blame, reproof; a critical commentary," also sometimes in early use simply "notice, attention, perception of an object" (a sense 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 "the mind" (see animus), + advertere "turn to" (see advertise).

The sense of "take notice of as a fault" also was in Latin and animadverto at times was a euphemism for "to punish with death."

updated on September 22, 2022

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Definitions of animadversion from WordNet

animadversion (n.)
harsh criticism or disapproval;
Synonyms: censure
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