What does adverse mean?

Definitions for adverseædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word adverse.

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

  5. Origin: [L. adversari: cf. OF. averser.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adverse

    ad′vėrs, adj. acting in a contrary direction (with to): opposed to: unfortunate: injurious.—adv. Ad′versely.—ns. Ad′verseness, Advers′ity, adverse circumstances: affliction: misfortune. [Through Fr. from L. adversusad, to, and vertĕre, versum, to turn.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for adverse »

  1. evaders

  2. aversed


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adverse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adverse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dennis Lockhart:

    I don't think we are stuck in an adverse loop with markets.

  2. Dr Grant:

    Animals don't like positive ions and humans also get adverse symptoms.

  3. Cicero:

    Live as brave men and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

  4. Cicero:

    Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.

  5. Charles Czeisler:

    [This] has adverse health consequences ... it's better to have consistency of sleep.

Images & Illustrations of adverse

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Translations for adverse

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • معاكسArabic
  • враждебен, неблагоприятен, обратен, противопоставящ сеBulgarian
  • widrig, gegnerischGerman
  • contrario, desfavorable, opuesto, adversoSpanish
  • epäsuotuisa, nurja, vastakkainenFinnish
  • défavorableFrench
  • meefoayroilManx
  • प्रतिकूलHindi
  • avverso, contrario, ostileItalian
  • לוואיHebrew
  • 不利なJapanese
  • motstående, uhensiktsmessig, ugunstigNorwegian
  • niesprzyjający, niepomyślny, niekorzystnyPolish
  • advers, nefavorabil, opusă, ostil, opusRomanian
  • противоположный, враждебный, неблагоприятныйRussian
  • tersTurkish
  • bất lợiVietnamese

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