animadvert

When you animadvert upon something, you criticize it openly and harshly. A high school debater might animadvert on the subject of the death penalty, for example.

The verb animadvert is a great word to use when you need a formal way to talk about a public condemnation of something or someone. A tourist might animadvert upon the entire country of Italy after a disappointing vacation there, or a politician might take advantage of a public forum to animadvert on the issue of high taxes. The Latin root word is animadvertere, "to notice or take cognizance of," or "to censure, blame, or punish."

DEFINITIONS OF: animadvert

1

v express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark

Type of:
censure, criminate, reprimand
rebuke formally

v express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation

Synonyms:
opine, sound off, speak out, speak up
Types:
editorialise, editorialize
insert personal opinions into an objective statement
Type of:
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
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