Definition of animadvert in English:


Line breaks: an¦im|ad¦vert
Pronunciation: /ˌanɪmədˈvəːt


[no object] (animadvert on/upon/against) formal
Pass criticism or censure on; speak out against: we shall be obliged to animadvert most severely upon you in our report
More example sentences
  • We are not now enquiring whether the community ought to animadvert upon the errors of its members.
  • We have already animadverted on the extraordinary eagerness of the first Roman to occupy Britain.
  • One of our neighbors, good old Deacon Winship, often animadverted upon the luxury and extravagance of the times.


late Middle English (in the sense 'pay attention to'): from Latin animadvertere, from animus 'mind' + advertere (from ad- 'towards' + vertere 'to turn').

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