Definitions for adverseædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ad•verseædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs(adj.)

  1. unfavorable or antagonistic:

    adverse criticism.

  2. opposing one's interests or wishes:

    adverse circumstances.

  3. being in an opposite direction:

    adverse winds.

Origin of adverse:

1350–1400; < AF, OF advers < L adversus hostile, ptp. of advertere=ad-ad - +vertere to turn


Princeton's WordNet

  1. adverse, inauspicious, untoward(adj)

    contrary to your interests or welfare

    "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"

  2. adverse, contrary(adj)

    in an opposing direction

    "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"


  1. adverse(Adjective)

    Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing one's interests or wishes; contrary to one's welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction.

    adverse criticism

  2. adverse(Adjective)

    Opposed; contrary; opposing one's interests or desire.

    adverse circumstances.

  3. adverse(Adjective)

    Opposite; confronting.

  4. Origin: First attested around 1374, from avers (French: adverse), from adversus, past participle of advertere, from ad- + vertere. See also versus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adverse(adj)

    acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste

  2. Adverse(adj)


  3. Adverse(adj)

    in hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious; contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous; afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse circumstances, things adverse

  4. Adverse(verb)

    to oppose; to resist


  1. Adverse

    [ad-vurs, ad-vurs] adjective ⁕unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism. ⁕opposing one's interests or desire: adverse circumstances. ⁕being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds. ⁕opposite; confronting: the adverse page. Adverse or adverse interest, in law, is anything that functions contrary to a party's interest.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adverse' in Adjectives Frequency: #927

Anagrams of adverse

  1. evaders

  2. aversed

Translations for adverse

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