animadversion


animadversion
animadversion, stricture, aspersion, reflection denote a remark or statement that is an adverse criticism.
Animadversion (compare animadvert at REMARK) implies as its motive deep-seated prejudice or ill will or a tendency to carp or cavil
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given to animadversions on the clergy

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Maty’s animadversions hurt me more. In part they appeared to me unjust, and in part ill-natured— Cowper

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Stricture implies censure, which may be either ill-natured or judicious
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foreign strictures on the dress, looks, and behavior of the English abroad— Arnold

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the lash of the merciless Porson . . . [whose] strictures are founded in argument, enriched with learning, and enlivened with wit— Gibbon

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Aspersion imputes a slanderous character to the criticism
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who by aspersions throw a stone at th’ head of others, hit their own— Herbert

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at Cambridge (they tell me) while you speak very well, you write less expertly . . . . you will not set the aspersion down to meQuiller-Couch

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Reflection often implies indirect aspersion or a defamatory imputation which may be inferred from what has been said
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he cannot restrain himself from reflections on kings and priests when he is most contending for them— Hallam

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the reflections on certain named persons’ chastity and honesty— Geographical Jour.

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Analogous words: criticism, reprehension, censure (see corresponding verbs at CRITICIZE): observation, comment, *remark: captiousness, faultfinding, caviling, carping, censoriousness (see corresponding adjectives at CRITICAL)
Antonyms: commendation
Contrasted words: praise, laudation, extollation, acclaim (see corresponding verbs at PRAISE): *approbation, approval

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  • animadversion — [ animadvɛrsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XVIe; « attention » XIIe; lat. animadversio ♦ Littér. Blâme, antipathie, réprobation. « l épaisseur de niaise animadversion dont les journaux français font étalage » (J. R. Bloch). ⊗ CONTR. Adhésion, approbation, louange …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • animadversion — ANIMADVERSION. s. f. Improbation, censure, blâme, correction en paroles seulement. Ce Procureur a fait une friponnerie qui mérite animadversion. Ce procédé mérite l animadversion publique. L animadversion de la Cour. Cet écrit lui a attiré l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • animadversion — Animadversion. s. f. Terme de Palais, Correction en paroles seulement. Ce Procureur a fait une friponnerie qui merite animadversion. une procedure si irreguliere merite animadversion. l animadversion de la Cour …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Animadversion — An i*mad*ver sion, n. [L. animadversio, fr. animadvertere: cf. F. animadversion. See {Animadvert}.] 1. The act or power of perceiving or taking notice; direct or simple perception. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The soul is the sole percipient which hath… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • animadversión — sustantivo femenino 1. (no contable) Aversión: No puedo disimular la animadversión que le tengo. 2. (no contable) Oposición muy crítica a una cosa o a una persona: Manifestó abiertamente su animadversión hacia el proyecto …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Animadversion — (lat.), Bemerkung, Ahndung, Rüge; animadvertieren, bemerken, rügen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Animadversion — Animadversion, aus dem lat., Wahrnehmung, Bemerkung, Strafe …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • animadversion — I noun admonition, adverse comment, aspersion, blame, censorious remark, censure, chiding, condemnation, correction, criticism, deprecation, disapprobation, disapproval, discredit, fault finding, impeachment, impugnation, imputation, obloquy,… …   Law dictionary

  • animadversion — (n.) 1590s, criticism, blame, also sometimes in early use simply notice, attention (now obsolete), from L. animadversionem (nom. animadversio) investigation, inquiry; perception, observation, noun of action from pp. stem of animadverte to take… …   Etymology dictionary

  • animadversión — (Del lat. animadversĭo, ōnis). 1. f. Enemistad, ojeriza. 2. desus. Crítica, advertencia severa …   Diccionario de la lengua española


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