I. verb — [no obj.] ( animadvert on/upon/against) 1.
‹formal› pass criticism or censure on; speak out against
• we shall be obliged to animadvert most severely upon you in our report.
– origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘pay attention to’): from Latin animadvertere, from animus ‘mind’ + advertere (from ad- ‘towards’ + vertere ‘to turn’).