Definition of animadversion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌanɪmədˈvəːʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] formal
1Criticism or censure: her animadversion against science
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  • When a man accepts a public place, he ought to calculate that he will be subject to public animadversion and should act with magnanimity.
  • If the work is so daring as to merit public animadversion, the magistrate summons the printer, who either stands mute or names the author.
  • One nationalist observer noted that Judge Jones ‘has given great disaffection… [and] has brought down severe animadversion on himself.’
1.1 [count noun] A comment or remark, especially a critical one: animadversions that the poet receives quite humbly
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  • I have nonetheless some animadversions concerning the inclusion of some ‘responses’ in Professor Butler's collection and the omission of others.
  • Like a performance artist, Keyes riled the crowd up, mixing animadversions on constitutional law with sudden, stentorian salvos against judges.
  • The most contentious matter on which the moderates tended to side with Bowdoin and the radicals concerned Bernard's animadversions on crowd action.


Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin animadversio(n-), from the verb animadvertere (see animadvert).

Words that rhyme with animadversion

aspersion, assertion, aversion, bioconversion, Cistercian, coercion, conversion, desertion, disconcertion, dispersion, diversion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version

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