animadvert

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v animadvert express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
    • v animadvert express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation "John spoke up at the meeting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Animadvert To consider or remark by way of criticism or censure; to express censure; -- with on or upon. "I should not animadvert on him . . . if he had not used extreme severity in his judgment of the incomparable Shakespeare."
    • Animadvert To take cognizance judicially; to inflict punishment.
    • Animadvert To take notice; to observe; -- commonly followed by that.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • animadvert To take cognizance or notice.
    • animadvert To comment critically; make remarks by way of criticism or censure; pass strictures or criticisms.
    • animadvert Synonyms Of animadvert upon: To comment upon, criticize, disapprove, reprehend, blame, censure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Animadvert an-im-ad-vėrt′ to criticise or censure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. animadvertere,; animus, mind + advertere, to turn to; ad, to + vertere, to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., to turn the mind to—animus, the mind, ad, to, and vertĕre, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

He animadverted on the Crusades, setting forth their absurdity, cruelty and even injustice.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
I refrain from animadverting upon his lordship's choice.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
This charge was delivered in 1836, and ought to have been animadverted upon at the time, if at all.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
Nay, what, after all, are the so heinous faults upon which you animadvert?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
This leads me to animadvert on an erroneous inference which hegelian idealism makes from the form of the negative judgment.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I find nothing upon which to animadvert till the re-entry of the ghost.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
I have never seen this apparent anticipation of chemical discoveries animadverted on.
"Notes and Queries, Number 206, October 8, 1853" by Various
In conclusion, let me animadvert upon the injustice with which, to its own loss, society has treated mesmerism.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
He retorted by animadverting upon the preacher's heterodoxy.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Replying to an extremely dear reader: Whenever we animadvert on the human race we include ourself.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
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