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. verb
    express blame or censure or make a harshly critical remark
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    type of:
    censure, criminate, reprimand
    rebuke formally
  2. verb
    express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
    synonyms: opine, sound off, speak out, speak up
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    types:
    editorialise, editorialize
    insert personal opinions into an objective statement
    type of:
    declare
    state emphatically and authoritatively
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