The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat's the difference between "adverse" and "averse"?

What's the difference between "adverse" and "averse"?

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.

Dictionary Definition of adverseDictionary Definition of averse

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

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