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animadvert Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
    speak up; opine; sound off; speak out.
    • John spoke up at the meeting
  2. verb express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark

An`i*mad*vert" intransitive verb
L. animadvertere; animus mind + advertere to turn to; ad to + vertere to turn.
imperfect & past participle Animadverted; present participle & verbal noun Animadverting
  1. To take notice; to observe; -- commonly followed by that. Dr. H. More.
  2. To consider or remark by way of criticism or censure; to express censure; -- with on or upon.
    I should not animadvert on him . . . if he had not used extreme severity in his judgment of the incomparable Shakespeare. Dryden.
  3. To take cognizance judicially; to inflict punishment. Archaic Grew. Syn. -- To remark; comment; criticise; censure.

Webster 1913