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Jun 13, 2013
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
canorous
prosaic
expansive
animadversion
sempiternal

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animadversion

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-i-mad-VUHR-zhuhn)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The act of criticizing.
2. An unfavorable comment.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin animadvertere (to turn the mind to), from animus (mind) + advertere (to turn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wer- (to turn or bend), also the source of wring, weird, writhe, revert, universe, wroth, , conversazione, versicolor, and prosaic . Earliest documented use: 1535.

USAGE:
"This newspaper has never felt that it is above criticism, especially from politicians and other public officials who take the brunt of our animadversion."
PM, Beware the Danger of Attacking the Media; Jamaica Observer (Kingston); Dec 9, 2011.

See more usage examples of animadversion in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Congratulation: The civility of envy. -Ambrose Bierce, author and editor (1842-1914)

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