One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]animadvert on/upon/against
Pass criticism or censure on; speak out against.‘we shall be obliged to animadvert most severely upon you in our report’‘many travelers animadvert against their own towns and cities’
condemn, criticize severely, attack, tear apart, tear to pieces, censure, denounce, arraign, lambaste, pillory, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, revile, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press toView synonyms
- ‘One of our neighbors, good old Deacon Winship, often animadverted upon the luxury and extravagance of the times.’
- ‘He also animadverts on a theme that will be repeated in other critical works: that Stowe paints her white characters black and her black characters white.’
- ‘From Matthew's account we learn that the conduct of Christ's disciples in neglecting fasting was animadverted on by the disciples of John the Baptist.’
- ‘Cannot our Governor animadvert upon the President's conduct without impairing the President's jurisdiction?’
- ‘The character of our debates the lethargy and supineness which each succeeding night is exhibited here have been animadverted upon freely and frequently enough.’
- ‘We must have courage to reflect and animadvert on the outdated culture, and investigate these details in depth in order to found an international first-class scientific journal.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Accordingly some of the Dukes of Newcastle have possessed considerable influence here, which has given great umbrage, and been strongly animadverted upon by those politically opposed to that party.’
- ‘I said how much I enjoyed myself and I was sorry to have animadverted on his character.’
- ‘We regret to animadvert upon the disturbance and disorderly conduct exhibited in the Town Hall of New Rochelle upon Thursday evening, the 16th.’
- ‘But it is not for me to animadvert on the private crimes of individuals; for them they must answer at the bar of their Maker, to whom they are accountable.’
- ‘In fact, as one of the speakers in the senate was rising to animadvert upon and oppose Hannibal's views, he undertook to pull him down and silence him by force.’
- ‘In pieces ranging from 1987 to 2004, Parry both animadverts on poststructuralism and its most visible postcolonial exponents and suggests theoretical terrain that remains largely ignored.’
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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