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What's the difference between "adverse" and "averse"?
Adverse and averse are both used to convey a negative idea, but one is an adjective and one is a verb.
Adverse is an adjective meaning something that's harmful, e.g. adverse weather conditions.
Averse is a verb meaning "a strong dislike", e.g. She is averse to the idea of marriage on philosophical grounds.
Examples of adverse in a sentence
No preparation for adverse weather.•- 98.6 degrees: the art of keeping your ass alive by Cody Lundin; Russ Miller
I’m not adverse to that.- Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
The adverse conditions could work in his favour, he decided.- White corridor by Christopher Fowler
In adverse conditions, it rots very slowly.- Renegade's Magic: Book Three of The Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Examples of averse in a sentence
On the whole, Mimi was not averse to this.- Seeing Stars by Diane Hammond
Crisp breaded oysters are a good choice for those who are averse to eating them raw.- Cooking for Friends by Gordon Ramsay; Ditte Isager
Don’t you think that to be so much afraid and averse is a sort of dirtiness?”- Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence; Victoria Blake
You’re not averse to older men.- The Maples stories by John Updike