adverse / averse

adverse / averse
   Adverse means "unfavorable, hostile": Those driving in adverse winter conditions may be putting themselves at risk.
   Averse means "repulsed or repelled": She was immediately averse to the idea.

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  • adverse, averse — Adverse means opposed, contrary, hostile. Averse means reluctant and unwilling and implies a holding back because of distaste or dislike. The employees had an adverse opinion of the company plan. The company treasurer is averse to lending money… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • adverse / averse —    Adverse means unfavorable, hostile : Those driving in adverse winter conditions may be putting themselves at risk.    Averse means repulsed or repelled : She was immediately averse to the idea …   Confused words

  • adverse, averse —    Occasionally confused. Averse means reluctant or disinclined (think of aversion). Adverse means hostile and antagonistic (think of adversary) …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • averse — adverse, averse These two words both come from the Latin word vertere ‘to turn’, but averse (= turning away) means ‘opposed to’ and is typically used in negative contexts of people, whereas adverse (= turning towards, hostilely) is used of things …   Modern English usage

  • adverse — 1 Adverse, antagonistic, counter, counteractive mean so opposed as to cause interference, often harmful or fatal interference. All four may be applied to one thing that comes into conflict with another {an adverse policy} {an adverse wind had so… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adverse — adverse, averse These two words both come from the Latin word vertere ‘to turn’, but averse (= turning away) means ‘opposed to’ and is typically used in negative contexts of people, whereas adverse (= turning towards, hostilely) is used of things …   Modern English usage

  • averse — See adverse. See adverse, averse …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • adverse — See adverse, averse …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Averse — A*verse , a. [L. aversus, p. p. of avertere. See {Avert}.] 1. Turned away or backward. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The tracks averse a lying notice gave, And led the searcher backward from the cave. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a repugnance or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adverse — [ advɛrs ] adj. • XVe; averse 1080; lat. adversus ♦ Opposé, contraire. L équipe, le camp adverse. « La France est divisée en deux blocs adverses » (Duhamel). Partie adverse, contre laquelle on plaide. ⊗ CONTR. Allié, ami. ● adverse adjectif… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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