[ uh-vurs ]
/ əˈvɜrs /
having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed: He is not averse to having a drink now and then.
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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
usage note for averse
OTHER WORDS FROM aversea·verse·ly, adverba·verse·ness, noun
Words nearby averse
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British Dictionary definitions for aversely
/ (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 of averseaversely, adverbaverseness, noun
Word Origin for averse
C16: from Latin āversus, from āvertere to turn from, from vertere to turn
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