from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To remark or comment critically, usually with strong disapproval or censure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To take notice; to observe; -- commonly followed by that.
  • intransitive verb To consider or remark by way of criticism or censure; to express censure; -- with on or upon.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To take cognizance judicially; to inflict punishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb obsolete, intransitive To consider.
  • verb archaic, law, intransitive To turn judicial attention (to); to punish or criticise.
  • verb To criticise, censure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
  • verb express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English animadverten, to notice, from Latin animadvertere : animus, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots + advertere, to turn toward; see adverse.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin animadverto, from animum ("mind") + adverto ("turn to").


  • Turning is so versatile: avert invert revert animadvert pervert evert convert divert revert.

    Justine Lai paints herself having sex with each of the Presidents, beginning with George Washington.

  • 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.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • 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.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • 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.”

    It Begins « So Many Books

  • 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.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Nor have I been solicitous to animadvert, as thou wentest along, upon thy inventions, and their tendency.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I shall not take upon me to animadvert upon this; but certain it is, that Johnson paid great attention to Taylor.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • I presumed to animadvert on his eulogy on Garrick, in his Lives of the Poets.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • 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.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.

    The Blue Fairy Book


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  • "I know this will sound odd to the American English speaker, but in Europe to animadvert “Hell is other people’s pants�? would leave one open to charges of filthy-mindedness, and possibly a visit from the authorities."

    The New York Times, Garment District, by Will Self, August 26, 2008

    August 28, 2008

  • Ha!

    August 28, 2008

  • "If I animadvert on Rackham it's because of what happened to Mr & Mrs Ralph this week."

    Psychogeography by Will Self, 197

    October 17, 2010