animadversion


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an·i·mad·ver·sion

 (ăn′ə-măd-vur′zhən)
n.
1. Strong criticism.
2. A critical or censorious remark.

[Latin animadversiō, animadversiōn-, from animadversus, past participle of animadvertere, to turn the mind toward; see animadvert.]

animadversion

(ˌænɪmædˈvɜːʃən)
n
1. criticism or censure
2. a carefully considered observation

an•i•mad•ver•sion

(ˌ?n ə m?dˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən)

n.
1. an unfavorable or censorious comment.
2. the act of criticizing.
[1590–1600; < Latin animadversiō <animadvertere]
an`i•mad•ver′sion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animadversion - harsh criticism or disapprovalanimadversion - harsh criticism or disapproval      
condemnation, disapprobation - an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable; "his uncompromising condemnation of racism"
interdict - an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district
Translations

animadversion

n (form)kritische Au?erung
References in classic literature ?
There is, doubtless, a striking absurdity in supposing that a right of this kind does not exist, but we are reduced to the dilemma either of embracing that supposition, preposterous as it may seem, or of contravening or explaining away a provision, which has been of late a repeated theme of the eulogies of those who oppose the new Constitution; and the want of which, in that plan, has been the subject of much plausible animadversion, and severe criticism.
Thus the Puritan elders in their black cloaks, starched bands, and steeple-crowned hats, smiled not unbenignantly at the clamour and rude deportment of these jolly seafaring men; and it excited neither surprise nor animadversion when so reputable a citizen as old Roger Chillingworth, the physician, was seen to enter the market-place in close and familiar talk with the commander of the questionable vessel.
It might even have occurred to them, that where a disposition to cavil prevailed, their neglect to execute the degree of power vested in them, and still more their recommendation of any measure whatever, not warranted by their commission, would not less excite animadversion, than a recommendation at once of a measure fully commensurate to the national exigencies.