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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 animadversions

animadversion

/ˌænɪmædˈvɜːʃən/
noun
1.
criticism or censure
2.
a carefully considered observation
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Word Origin and History for animadversions
animadversion
1590s, "criticism, blame," also sometimes in early use simply "notice, attention" (now obs.), from L. animadversionem (nom. animadversio) "perception, observation," noun of action from animadverte "to take cognizance of," lit. "to turn the mind to," from animum, accusative of animus "mind," + advertere "to turn to" (see advertise). The sense of "to take notice of as a fault" was in L., in fact animadverto at times was a euphemism for "to punish with death."
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