1. To comment unfavorably or critically.
2. Obsolete. To take cognizance or notice of.
I have a proposition which I am desirous of making to Mr. Gilmore, as a magistrate acting in this part of the county. Of course, it is not for me to animadvert upon what the magistrates may do at the bench tomrorrow.
-- Anthony Trollope, The Vicar of Bullhamptom
It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.
-- Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book
Animadvert comes from the Latin animadvertere meaning to heed or censure.