American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remark or comment critically, usually with strong disapproval or censure: "a man . . . who animadverts on miserly patients, egocentric doctors, psychoanalysis and Lucky Luciano with evenhanded fervor” ( Irwin Faust).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take cognizance or notice.
- To comment critically; make remarks by way of criticism or censure; pass strictures or criticisms.
- Synonyms Of animadvert upon: To comment upon, criticize, disapprove, reprehend, blame, censure.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To consider.
- v. archaic, law, intransitive To turn judicial attention (to); to punish or criticise.
- v. To criticise, censure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take notice; to observe; -- commonly followed by
- v. To consider or remark by way of criticism or censure; to express censure; -- with
- v. Archaic To take cognizance judicially; to inflict punishment.
- v. express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
- v. express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
- From Latin animadverto, from animum ("mind") + adverto ("turn to"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English animadverten, to notice, from Latin animadvertere : animus, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots + advertere, to turn toward; see adverse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Turning is so versatile: avert invert revert animadvert pervert evert convert divert revert.”
“The Nabob finding his time after dinner hang somewhat heavy on his hand, and the moon being tolerably bright, had, one harvest evening, sought his usual remedy for dispelling ennui by a walk to the Manse, where he was sure, that, if he could not succeed in engaging the minister himself in some disputation, he would at least find something in the establishment to animadvert upon and to restore to order.”
“The landlord, John Mengs, who had assumed a seat somewhat elevated at the head of the table, did not omit to observe this mark of insubordination, and to animadvert upon it.”
“As Clarissa writes, “it would have shown a particularity that a vain man would construe to his advantage, and which my sister would not fail to animadvert upon.””
“And certainly it must, when it can be the cause of the letter I have before me, and which I must no farther animadvert upon, because you forbid me to do so.”
“Nor have I been solicitous to animadvert, as thou wentest along, upon thy inventions, and their tendency.”
“He would say a word to her when he was dressing, assuring her that he had not intended to animadvert in the slightest degree upon her own conduct.”
“I shall not take upon me to animadvert upon this; but certain it is, that Johnson paid great attention to Taylor.”
“I presumed to animadvert on his eulogy on Garrick, in his Lives of the Poets.”
“It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.”
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