from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Strong criticism.
- noun A critical or censorious remark.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act or faculty of observing or noticing; observation; perception.
- noun The act of criticizing; criticism; censure; reproof.
- noun Synonyms Remark, comment, reprobation, reprehension.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete The act or power of perceiving or taking notice; direct or simple perception.
- noun obsolete Monition; warning.
- noun Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure; adverse criticism; reproof; blame.
- noun Archaic Judicial cognizance of an offense; chastisement; punishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun countable A
criticism, a critical remark.
- noun uncountable The state or characteristic of being
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun harsh criticism or disapproval
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The steps for accelerating the Catholic emancipation passed without animadversion from the English Ministry; but the dismissal of Mr. Beresford, and his adherents, gave great of - fence to the Cabinet of London.
For centuries, women writers were sweepingly dismissed on the basis of gender, as in Nathaniel Hawthorne's notorious animadversion against the "damned mob of scribbling women" robbing him of the sales he felt he deserved.
Of late, however, as the Protestant doctrines gained ground, he had found it convenient to live in close retirement, and to avoid, as much as possible, drawing upon himself observation or animadversion.
Reyberts, cut dead by the handsome Estelle, found themselves the objects of so much animadversion on the part of the adherents of the Moreaus that their position at Presles would not have been endurable without the thought of vengeance which had, so far, supported them.
Even his comparison of St. Ignatius to Cæsar, and Xavier to Alexander, passed without animadversion; it was tolerated as a flower of rhetoric.
That Charles the Fifth5 was crowned upon the day of his nativity, it being in his own power so to order it, makes no singular animadversion: but that he should also take King Francis6 prisoner upon that day, was an unexpected coincidence, which made the same remarkable.
The story of Jaddus would be entitled to our respect — it would be beyond the reach of animadversion — were even any shadow of it to be found in the sacred writings; but as they do not make the slightest mention of it, we are quite at liberty to see that it is ridiculous.
I am contented with my fortunes, spectator e longinquo, and love Neptunum procul a terra spectare furentem: he is ambitious, and not satisfied with his: but what  gets he by it? to have all his life laid open, his reproaches seen: not one of a thousand but he hath done more worthy of dispraise and animadversion than commendation; no better means to help this than to be private.
But, affecting as my own circumstances are, I cannot pass by, without animadversion, the reflection I need not repeat in words.
I put them to mark the places which call for vengeance upon the vixen writer, or which require animadversion.