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Friday, March 23, 2007

Definitions for animadversion

  1. Harsh criticism or disapproval.
  2. Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure -- often used with 'on'.

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Citations for animadversion
No weakness of the human mind has more frequently incurred animadversion. Samuel Johnson, Rambler No. 155
This animadversion pales before those of other critics. Scott C. Martin, Journal of Social History
Origin of animadversion
1590-1600
Animadversion is from Latin animadversio, animadversion-, from animadversus, past participle of animadvertere, "to turn the mind toward," from animus, "mind, spirit" + advertere, "to turn toward," from ad, "toward" + vertere, "to turn."