Open main menu

Wiktionary β




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



animadvert (third-person singular simple present animadverts, present participle animadverting, simple past and past participle animadverted)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To consider.
    • 1726, Nicholas Amhurst, Terræ-Filius, Dedication:
      …that I have omitted many particulars, which it is proper to animadvert upon, in order to compleat the Secret History…
    • 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."
  2. (archaic, law, intransitive) To turn judicial attention (to); to punish or criticise.
  3. To criticise, censure.
    • 1897, Henry James, What Maisie Knew:
      "Her" of course at Beale Farange's had never meant any one but Ida, and there was the difference in this case that it now meant Ida with renewed intensity. Mrs. Beale was in a position strikingly to animadvert more and more upon her dreadfulness, the moral of all which appeared to be how abominably yet blessedly little she had to do with her husband.

Related termsEdit