Definition of animadversion in English:


Line breaks: an¦im|ad¦ver|sion
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).

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