Origin of averse
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OTHER WORDS FROM aversea·verse·ly, adverba·verse·ness, noun
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AVERSE VS. ADVERSE
What's the difference between averse and adverse?
Averse means strongly opposed to or having a feeling of strong dislike toward something, as in I’m extremely averse to taking on debt. Adverse most commonly means unfavorable or hostile, as in adverse conditions, adverse weather, or adverse criticism.
Averse is often used in negative constructions, as in We are not averse to negotiations. It’s also used in the term risk-averse, meaning reluctant to take risks or tending to avoid risk.
Confusion can arise between the two terms because both are adjectives that involve unfavorableness or opposition. However, averse typically describes the way someone feels toward something, while adverse typically describes circumstances.
One way to remember which word is which is to remember that adverse, in a very general sense, means bad, which rhymes with the first part of the word. On the other hand, when you’re averse to something, you have a very strong opposition to it.
It may also be helpful to remember that the noun form of averse is aversion, meaning a strong feeling of dislike or opposition. The noun form of adverse is adversity, which means hostile or unfavorable conditions.
Here’s an example of adverse and averse used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I’m not averse to taking risks for the sake of adventure, but I just don’t think it’s safe to skydive in such adverse weather.
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How to use averse in a sentence
So the fact that we feel more painful when we lose $20 than when we gain $20, that might cause us to be far more risk-averse than we should be.Can I Ask You a Ridiculously Personal Question? (Ep. 451)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 11, 2021|Freakonomics
When we moved down here, we weren’t sure when we would start the restaurant, and the difference between Patrick and me is that I’m generally more risk-averse and he’s more of a risk-taker, which I think balances us out pretty well.
That’s less the case in country, which remains a risk-averse business that runs on the established machinery of radio and touring, and trades on more traditional tropes in its lyrics and soundscapes.
The people who continue to pay for traditional TV are less likely to be willing to give up traditional TV, for reasons such as they are major sports fans, are averse to streaming or simply enjoy the traditional TV experience.Future of TV Briefing: Hollywood returns to production as stay-at-home orders, advisories lift|Tim Peterson|February 3, 2021|Digiday
None of this jockeying over “liberal” is likely to go mainstream anytime soon, particularly since most politicians remain averse to the label.Bernie Sanders is often called a liberal. He’d beg to differ. Who is actually a liberal?|Graham Vyse|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
Ambassador Shirley Temple Black attributed this to the “deeply risk-averse psychology of the Czech people.”
So why, in 2014, is the superhero standard-bearer so minority-averse?Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World|Marlow Stern|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And self-regulation is an important concept when it comes to understanding the government-averse sharing economy.
Yet an answer, or even a speculation, would have added insight and originality to this terrific but risk-averse debut.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero|Stefan Beck|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Improvising can certainly be unnerving, especially for politicians who are trained to be risk-averse.
This may have been maternal partiality, for whilst a mere child, she was somewhat obstinate in disposition, and averse to study.The Childhood of Distinguished Women|Selina A. Bower
In the course of a few days the minister visited the kitchen again, and found Chloe still averse to his proposition.
He was, therefore, averse to putting the question on such narrow grounds.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
He was averse to costly pleasures, and regarded contentedness with a little to be a great good.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
The doubter seemed averse to giving this proof of unbelief, and yet it was clear that he was not convinced.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas