Definition of animadversion in English:



mass nounformal
  • 1Criticism or censure.

    ‘her animadversion against science’
    • ‘As Madison wrote, a government which is 'elective, limited, and responsible' to the people requires 'a greater freedom of animadversion' than one not so structured.’
    • ‘Derrida and Foucault's whole deconstructive enterprise might be seen as an exercise in animadversion on the Western cultural process of translation.’
    • ‘Such crimes would have deserved the animadversion of the magistrate; but in this promiscuous outrage, the innocent were confounded with the guilty, and Alexandria was impoverished by the loss of a wealthy and industrious colony.’
    • ‘When a man accepts a public place, he ought to calculate that he will be subject to public animadversion and should act with magnanimity.’
    • ‘One nationalist observer noted that Judge Jones ‘has given great disaffection… [and] has brought down severe animadversion on himself.’’
    • ‘If the work is so daring as to merit public animadversion, the magistrate summons the printer, who either stands mute or names the author.’
    vilification, disparagement, denigration, defamation, defamation of character, abuse, vituperation, condemnation, criticism, censure, castigation, denunciation, flak, deprecation, opprobrium, obloquy, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, slurs, smears, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, bad press, character assassination, attack, invective, libel, insults, slights, curses
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    1. 1.1count noun A comment or remark, especially a critical one.
      ‘animadversions that the poet receives quite humbly’
      • ‘I have nonetheless some animadversions concerning the inclusion of some ‘responses’ in Professor Butler's collection and the omission of others.’
      • ‘The most contentious matter on which the moderates tended to side with Bowdoin and the radicals concerned Bernard's animadversions on crowd action.’
      • ‘These discoveries provide sharp contrast to the vitriolic animadversions of Walsingham et al.’
      • ‘Like a performance artist, Keyes riled the crowd up, mixing animadversions on constitutional law with sudden, stentorian salvos against judges.’
      • ‘I know he read my column at least once because it so infuriated him, but did he read it again before he put forth his animadversions’
      • ‘He is no less acerbic when pondering under what extraordinary circumstances Trevor Sinclair came to be picked for the England football team, an animadversion with which all right-thinking fans concur.’


Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin animadversio(n-), from the verb animadvertere (see animadvert).