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