animadvert upon


verb (used without object)
to comment unfavorably or critically (usually followed by on or upon ): to animadvert at length upon his faulty use of English.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to take cognizance or notice of.

1630–40; < Latin animadvertere to heed, censure, equivalent to anim(um), accusative of animus (see animus) + advertere to advert

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animadvert (ˌænɪmædˈvɜːt)
vb (usually foll by on or upon)
1.  to comment with strong criticism (upon); make censorious remarks (about)
2.  to make an observation or comment
[C16: from Latin animadvertere to notice, pay attention, from animus mind + advertere to turn to, from vertere to turn]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "to take notice of;" the sense of "to criticize, blame, censure" is from 1660s; from L. animadvertere "to notice, to take cognizance of," lit. "to turn the mind to" (see animadversion).
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