1590s, "criticism, blame," also sometimes in early use simply "notice, attention" (now obs.), from L. animadversionem
) "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."