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[uh-vurs] /əˈvɜrs/
having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed:
He is not averse to having a drink now and then.
Origin of averse
1590-1600; (< Middle French) < Latin āversus turned away, averted (past participle of āvertere), equivalent to ā- a-4 + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
aversely, adverb
averseness, noun
Can be confused
adverse, averse (see usage note at adverse)
unwilling, loath. See reluctant.
inclined, eager.
Usage note
See adverse. Unabridged
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  • They are, as a rule, averse to innovation, especially when it involves expenditure.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Well, I was averse from going myself, but Winnie was all for peace and forgiveness.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Philip, not averse to such assistance, got his own face into shadow.

  • He was not averse to it any longer; he was simply indifferent to all in it except the humours.

  • averse had she been to this wedding from the moment that it had been broached to her.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for averse


(postpositive) usually foll by to. opposed, disinclined, or loath
(of leaves, flowers, etc) turned away from the main stem Compare adverse (sense 4)
Derived Forms
aversely, adverb
averseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin āversus, from āvertere to turn from, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for averse

mid-15c., "turned away in mind or feeling," from Old French avers and directly from Latin aversus "turned away, turned back," past participle of avertere (see avert). Originally and usually in English in the mental sense, while avert is used in a physical sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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