• WordNet 3.6
    • n animadversion harsh criticism or disapproval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Animadversion Judicial cognizance of an offense; chastisement; punishment.
    • Animadversion Monition; warning.
    • Animadversion Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure; adverse criticism; reproof; blame. "He dismissed their commissioners with severe and sharp animadversions ."
    • Animadversion The act or power of perceiving or taking notice; direct or simple perception. "The soul is the sole percipient which hath animadversion and sense, properly so called."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n animadversion The act or faculty of observing or noticing; observation; perception.
    • n animadversion The act of criticizing; criticism; censure; reproof.
    • n animadversion Synonyms Remark, comment, reprobation, reprehension.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Animadversion criticism, censure, or reproof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. animadversio, fr. animadvertere,: cf. F. animadversion,. See Animadvert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., to turn the mind to—animus, the mind, ad, to, and vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

The Queen's toilet was likewise a never-failing subject for animadversion with the Emperor.
"Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete" by Madame Campan
Then Whitelocke gave the Chancellor a paper of his animadversions upon his articles.
"A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II." by Bulstrode Whitelocke
And yet he had drawn upon himself general animadversion!
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
It was impossible that it should be passed over without animadversion.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
With regard to ingratitude, there will be a proper time for animadversion on this charge.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Bolingbroke, Lord, animadversions on his philosophical works, i.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
The system then adopted, has been the subject of much animadversion.
"Model Speeches for Practise" by Grenville Kleiser
The animadversions which had been made on the report of the secretary of state were retorted with acrimony.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
However, we were talking about our friend Emmet, and your description of Warwick reminded me of his animadversions on the place.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
On the day subsequent to these devout animadversions when the parliament met, a new spirit appeared in the looks of many.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
Nor did the misconduct of the present ministry escape the animadversion of the parliament.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Klapka himself does not escape without animadversion.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
Animadversions on strong-minded bloomers seeking their rights.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
For this I was subjected to much animadversion in the public press.
"Reminiscences of a Canadian Pioneer for the last Fifty Years" by Samuel Thompson
The Albanians especially were marked by his animadversions.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 60, No. 372, October 1846" by Various
Albina soon perceived herself to be an object of remark and animadversion, and she was sadly at a loss to divine the cause.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie
And when I am gone, will you take my part, if I should be made the subject of animadversion?
"The Danes Sketched by Themselves. Vol. I (of 3)" by Various
It is safest, when among strangers, to refrain from bitter animadversions on anybody.
"The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners" by Eliza Leslie
I did not wish to carry with me the animadversion of anybody.
"The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence" by Eugène Sue
This amusement, indeed, was obtained at the expense of incurring some animadversion.
"Discipline" by Mary Brunton