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an·i·mad·ver·sion

 (ăn′ə-măd-vûr′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

(ˌæn ə mædˈvɜr 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
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animadversion

n (form)kritische Äußerung
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The decent behaviour of Mrs Deborah Wilkins, with some proper animadversions on bastards.
No, certainly; I exonerate my sister from such degraded tastes, and my mother too, if you included her in your animadversions.
I meant no animadversions against any one, and certainly intended no disrespectful allusions to your mother.
I should have my reservations and my animadversions if it came to close criticism of his work, but I am glad that he was the first author I loved, and that even before I knew I loved him I was his devoted reader.
A sky-blue coat, with short and broad skirts and low cape, exposed a long, thin neck, and longer and thinner legs, to the worst animadversions of the evil-disposed.
At that hour most of the others were sewing likewise; but one class still stood round Miss Scatcherd's chair reading, and as all was quiet, the subject of their lessons could be heard, together with the manner in which each girl acquitted herself, and the animadversions or commendations of Miss Scatcherd on the performance.
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.
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.
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.
Smectymnuus pen one of his brisk animadversions against this
Thynne responded to this new edition with an open letter addressed to Speght, bearing the prolix title Animadversions uppon the Annotations and Corrections of some imperfections of impressions of Chaucers workes (sett downe before tyme, and nowe) reprinted in the yere of oure lord 1598.
But given the recently acknowledged Christian obligation to understand Judaism in its own terms, the Jewish animadversions are welcome and healthy.