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March 14, 2019

Word of the Day: Animadversion

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Word of the Day : March 14, 2019

animadversion \an-uh-mad-VER-zhun\ noun


1 : a critical and usually censorious remark — often used with on

2 : adverse criticism

Did You Know?

Animadversion comes ultimately from the Latin phrase animum advertere, meaning "to turn the mind to." The first part, anima, comes from the Latin word for "mind" or "soul" and gives us animal and animate. It is easy to see how we also get adverse and adversary from advertere, especially when we remember that "to turn to" easily becomes "to turn against." Other English words descended from advertere include advert, meaning "to turn the attention (to)" or "to make reference (to)," and advertise.

Aired March 14, 2019

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