animadversion

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animadversion (plural animadversions)

  1. (countable) A criticism, a critical remark.
    • 1827, Sir Walter Scott, The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, January 1827:
      [A] misconstruction or misinterpretation, nay, the misplacing of a comma, was in Gifford's eyes a crime worthy of the most severe animadversion.
    • 1895, Elias Lyman Magoon, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, p. 357:
      While the censorious man is most severe in judging others, he is invariably the most ready to repel any animadversions made upon himself; upon the principle well understood in medical circles, that the feeblest bodies are always the most sensitive.
  2. (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being animadversive.
    • 1603, (translator unknown), Michel de Montaigne (author), Essayes, Volumes 5-6‎, p. 3-4:
      He was deceived; for justice hath also knowledge and animadversion over such as gather stubble (as the common saying is) or looke about for grape-seed.
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, Federalist No. 67, The Executive Department:
      Nor have I scrupled, in so flagrant a case, to allow myself a severity of animadversion little congenial with the general spirit of these papers.

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