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 formsa·verse·ly, adverba·verse·ness, noun
Can be confusedadverse averse (see usage note at adverse)

Synonyms for averse

Antonyms for averse

Usage note

See adverse.
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Examples from the Web for averse

Contemporary Examples of averse

Historical Examples of averse

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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 stemCompare adverse (def. 4)
Derived Formsaversely, adverbaverseness, noun

Word Origin for averse

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.

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