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animadversion

[an-uh-mad-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌæn ə mædˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
noun
1.
an unfavorable or censorious comment:
to make animadversions on someone's conduct.
2.
the act of criticizing.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin animadversiōn- (stem of animadversiō) a heeding, censure, equivalent to animadvers(us) (past participle of animadvertere to heed, censure; see animadvert) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
animadversional, adjective
Synonyms
1. aspersion, reflection, derogation.
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British Dictionary definitions for animadversion

animadversion

/ˌænɪmædˈvɜːʃən/
noun
1.
criticism or censure
2.
a carefully considered observation
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Contemporary definitions for animadversion
noun

attention, perception; conscious mental observation

Word Origin

Latin animadvertere 'to turn the mind to'

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Word Origin and History for animadversion
n.

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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