animadversion

noun
an·​i·​mad·​ver·​sion | \ ˌa-nə-ˌmad-ˈvər-zhən , -məd-, -ˈvər-shən\

Definition of animadversion

1 : a critical and usually censorious remark often used with on
2 : adverse criticism

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Animadversion Has Latin Roots

Animadversion comes ultimately from the Latin phrase animum advertere, meaning "to turn the mind to." It is easy to see how we also get "adverse" and "adversary" from "advertere," especially when we remember that "to turn to" easily becomes "to turn against." Other English words descended from "advertere" include advert, meaning "to turn the attention (to) or "to make reference (to)," and "advertise."

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Margonelli would take exception to my animadversion—as stepping stones to other ventures. Howard Schneider, WSJ, "‘Underbug’ Review: Termites and Us," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of animadversion

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for animadversion

Latin animadversion-, animadversio, from animadvertere

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