[ 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

a·verse·ly, adverba·verse·ness, noun

Can be confused

adverse averse (see usage note at adverse)

Usage note

See adverse.
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British Dictionary definitions for averse


/ (əˈvɜːs) /


(postpositive usually foll by to) opposed, disinclined, or loath
(of leaves, flowers, etc) turned away from the main stemCompare adverse (def. 4)

Derived Forms

aversely, adverbaverseness, noun

Word Origin for averse

C16: from Latin āversus, from āvertere to turn from, from vertere to turn
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