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From Latin animadvertō, from animum (mind) + advertō (to turn to).



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

  1. (intransitive) To criticise, to censure.
    • 1897, Henry James, chapter XVI, in What Maisie Knew, Chicago, Ill.; New York, N.Y.: Herbert S. Stone & Co., OCLC 318438930, page 207:
      "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.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To consider.
    • 1726, Terræ Filius [pseudonym; Nicholas Amherst], “[The Dedication]”, in Terræ-Filius: Or, the Secret History of the University of Oxford; in Several Essays. To which are Added, Remarks upon a Late Book, Entitled, University Education, by R. Newton, D.D. Principal of Hart-Hall. In Two Volumes, volume I, 2nd edition, London: Printed for R. Francklin, under Tom's Coffee-House, in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden, OCLC 982205296, page xi:
      [] I am daily advertiſed by ſeveral friends and correſpondents from Oxford, that I have omitted many particulars, which it is proper to animadvert upon, in order to compleat the Secret Hiſtory of that place; and I have therefore, in compliance with their requeſt, reſolved to reſume this work, and continue to publiſh ſome part of it every Act-Term, till the whole is finiſhed, and the ſubject fully exhauſted: []
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter V, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume V, London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, over-against Catharine-street in the Strand, OCLC 928184292, book XV, page 226:
      [H]e 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.[']
  3. (intransitive, law, archaic) To turn judicial attention (to); to criticise or punish.

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