Animadvert definition

ănə-măd-vûrt
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To remark or comment critically, usually with strong disapproval or censure.
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To comment (on or upon), esp. with disapproval; criticize adversely.
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1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, XV.v.

He had probably committed violence with his hands, had not the parson interposed, saying, "For heaven's sake, sir, animadvert that you are in the house of a great lady."

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(archaic, law, intransitive) To turn judicial attention (to); to punish or criticise.
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Origin of animadvert

  • Middle English animadverten to notice from Latin animadvertere animus mind anə- in Indo-European roots advertere to turn toward adverse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin animadverto, from animum (“mind”) + adverto (“turn to”).

    From Wiktionary