What does averse mean?

Definitions for averse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. antipathetic, antipathetical, averse(p), indisposed(p), loath(p), loth(p)adjective

    (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

    "antipathetic to new ideas"; "averse to taking risks"; "loath to go on such short notice"; "clearly indisposed to grant their request"


  1. averseverb

    To turn away.

  2. averseadjective

    Having a repugnance or opposition of mind.

  3. averseadjective

    Turned away or backward.

  4. averseadjective

    Lying on the opposite side (to or from).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Averseadjective

    Etymology: aversus, Lat.

    Their courage languish’d, as their hopes decay’d,
    And Pallas, now averse, refus’d her aid. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Has thy uncertain bosom ever strove
    With the first tumults of a real love?
    Hast thou now dreaded, and now bless’d his sway,
    By turns averse, and joyful to obey? Matthew Prior.

    Averse alike to flatter, or offend,
    Not free from faults, nor yet too vain to mend. Alexander Pope.

    Laws politick are never framed as they should be, unless presuming the will of man to be inwardly obstinate, rebellious, and averse from all obedience unto the sacred laws of his nature. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    They believed all who objected against their undertaking to be averse from peace. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    These cares alone her virgin breast employ,
    Averse from Venus and the nuptial joy. Alexander Pope.

    He had, from the beginning of the war, been very averse to any advice of the privy council. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Diodorus tells us of one Charondos, who was averse to all innovation, especially when it was to proceed from particular persons. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissensions in Athens and Rome.


  1. averse

    Averse refers to a strong dislike or opposition towards something or someone. It indicates a reluctance or unwillingness to engage or be involved with the object of aversion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Averseadjective

    turned away or backward

  2. Averseadjective

    having a repugnance or opposition of mind; disliking; disinclined; unwilling; reluctant

  3. Averse

    to turn away

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Averse

    a-vėrs′, adj. having a disinclination or hatred (with to; from is, however, still used): disliking: turned away from anything: turned backward; (her.) turned so as to show the back, as of a right hand.—n. Aversā′tion (obs.).—adv. Averse′ly.—n. Averse′ness. [L. aversus, turned away, pa.p. of avert-ĕre. See Avert.]

Anagrams for averse »

  1. reaves

  2. resave

  3. Varese

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of averse in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of averse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of averse in a Sentence

  1. Shigemitsu Tsuruta:

    Long-term investors still have a risk-averse stance and it will persist for a while.

  2. Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay:

    I am averse to that idea.

  3. Timothy Frye:

    At some point, Putin, who has long been averse to any kind of domestic political instability, might fear the reaction from the elite and from the mass public, and begin to look for a way out of this situation, but we're not there yet, it could take a while before we get there.

  4. Martin Cooper:

    You could tell I was not averse to rubbing his nose in this thing. He was polite to me, to this day, Joel does not remember that phone call, and I guess I don’t blame him.

  5. Seiichi Miura:

    The figure shows that foreign investors were extremely risk-averse, if the market can confirm that profit growth is intact for Japanese companies at their mid-year earnings results in October, selling by foreigners will likely pause.

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