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 for animadversion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Animadversion \An`i*mad*ver"sion\, n. [L. animadversio, fr.
     animadvertere: cf. F. animadversion. See Animadvert.]
     1. The act or power of perceiving or taking notice; direct or
        simple perception. [Obs.]
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              The soul is the sole percipient which hath
              animadversion and sense, properly so called.
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     2. Monition; warning. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
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     3. Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure;
        adverse criticism; reproof; blame.
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              He dismissed their commissioners with severe and
              sharp animadversions.                 --Clarendon.
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     4. Judicial cognizance of an offense; chastisement;
        punishment. [Archaic] "Divine animadversions." --Wesley.
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     Syn: Stricture; criticism; censure; reproof; blame; comment.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: harsh criticism or disapproval [syn: censure,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "animadversion":
     accusation, adverse criticism, aspersion, bad notices, bad press,
     captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, censure,
     criticism, exception, faultfinding, flak, hairsplitting, hit,
     home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism,
     imputation, insinuation, knock, nagging, niggle, niggling, nit,
     nit-picking, obloquy, overcriticalness, pestering, pettifogging,
     priggishness, quibble, quibbling, rap, reflection, reprehension,
     reproachfulness, slam, slur, stricture, swipe, taking exception,

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