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#83700 - 10/17/02 12:37 PM animadversion
wwh Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
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I encountered this word just now in the book I am reading. Shanks (of revered memory)
used it a couple times in distant pass. I think it a useful word in that it has a shade of
meaning for which I cannot at the moment think of a good alternative. It means to notice,
but usually with an unfavorable eaction. I hope it will not become obsolete.

#83701 - 10/19/02 06:07 AM Re: animadversion
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Here's the MW synonym entry for animadversion:

Entry Word: animadversion
Function: noun
Text: a remark or statement that constitutes an adverse and usually uncharitable criticism <her spiteful animadversions on her neighbors' children>
Synonyms aspersion, obloquy, reflection, slam, slur, stricture
Related Word censure, criticism, reprehension; accusation, imputation, insinuation; captiousness, carping, caviling, faultfinding
Contrasted Words acclaim, extolling, laudation, praise; approbation, approval
Antonyms commendation


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