• 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