What does animadversion mean?

animadversion meaning in General Dictionary

The work or power of perceiving or taking notice direct or simple perception

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  • harsh criticism or disapproval
  • The act or power of perceiving or using notice; direct or quick perception.
  • Monition; warning.
  • Remarks by means of critique and often of censure; undesirable critique; reproof; fault.
  • Judicial cognizance of an offense; chastisement; punishment.

animadversion meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "criticism, fault," in addition often in early usage merely "notice, interest" (today outdated), from Latin animadversionem (nominative animadversio) "investigation, inquiry; perception, observance," noun of action from past participle stem of animadverte "to just take cognizance of," literally "to turn your head to," from animum, accusative of animus "mind" (see animus), + advertere "to show to" (see promote). The sense of "to take notice of as a fault" was in Latin; indeed animadverto at times was a euphemism for "to penalize with demise."


animadversion meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The act or energy of perceiving or taking notice; direct or quick perception.

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  • (n.) Monition; warning.
  • (n.) Remarks through critique and often of censure; unpleasant criticism; reproof; fault.
  • (letter.) Judicial cognizance of an offense; chastisement; punishment.

Sentence Examples with the word animadversion

About this time Dbllinger brought upon himself the animadversion of Heine, who was then editor of a Munich paper.

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