- having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed: He is not averse to having a drink now and then.
Origin of averse
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Examples from the Web for averse
He is single, but not averse to being partnered, “as long as she can put up with my schedule and I can put up with hers.”Norm Lewis, Broadway’s First Black ‘Phantom,’ on Racism, Heroes, and Dream Roles
March 21, 2014
The fact is, though, country music has always been averse to controversy.Vince Gill Confronts Fringe Groups and Gives Country Some Cred
September 11, 2013
She is the president of an autism organization, which is also averse to vaccination, called Generation Rescue.Why Jenny McCarthy Is Worse Than Elisabeth Hasselbeck
July 10, 2013
In Iraq, there is a real concern over the emergence of Alnusra Front and Salafists who are most averse to Shiites in the region.The Future Uncertain: An Iraqi on His Country
John Kael Weston
April 25, 2013
Among the people who seemed not averse to being interviewed was Msgr. Bob Weiss of St Rose of Lima Church.Curse the Media in Newtown for Doing Too Little, Too Late on Guns
December 20, 2012
They are, as a rule, averse to innovation, especially when it involves expenditure.The Roof of France
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
- (postpositive usually foll by to) opposed, disinclined, or loath
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) turned away from the main stemCompare adverse (def. 4)
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.