averse


averse
a|verse [əˈvə:s US -ə:rs] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of avertere; AVERT]
1.) not be averse to sth
to quite enjoy something, especially something that is slightly wrong or bad for you
I was not averse to fighting with any boy who challenged me.
2.) formal unwilling to do something or not liking something
be averse to (doing) sth
Jim is averse to using chemicals in the garden
Some banks are risk averse (=do not like taking a risk) .

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  • averse — [ avɛrs ] n. f. • 1688 averse d eau; de pleuvoir à la verse (1642) → verse ♦ Pluie soudaine et abondante. ⇒ grain, ondée; fam. douche, sauce, saucée; région. drache. Essuyer, recevoir une averse. Averse orageuse. Averse de printemps. ⇒ giboulée.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Averse — A*verse , a. [L. aversus, p. p. of avertere. See {Avert}.] 1. Turned away or backward. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The tracks averse a lying notice gave, And led the searcher backward from the cave. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a repugnance or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • averse to — having a clear dislike of (something) : strongly opposed to (something) He seems to be averse to exercise. No one is more averse to borrowing money than he is. often used in negative statements She is not averse to taking chances. [=she is willi …   Useful english dictionary

  • averse — averse·ly; averse·ness; averse; …   English syllables

  • averse — ► ADJECTIVE (averse to) ▪ strongly disliking or opposed to. USAGE On the confusion of averse and adverse, see ADVERSE(Cf. ↑adversely). ORIGIN from Latin avertere (see AVERT(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • averse — AVERSE. sub. fém. Pluie subite et abondante. Nous essuyâmes unc averse. Il est familier. ⁶erse. Voy. Verse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Averse — A*verse , v. t. & i. To turn away. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • averse — I adjective adverse, alienus, antagonistic, antipathetic, aversus, disinclined, disliking, hostile, indisposed, inimical, loath, opposed, reluctant, repelled, repugnant, revolted, undesirous, unfavorable, unwilling II index antipathetic …   Law dictionary

  • averse — (adj.) mid 15c., turned away in mind or feeling, from O.Fr. avers and directly from L. aversus turned away, turned back, pp. of avertere (see AVERT (Cf. avert)). Originally and usually in English in the mental sense, while avert is used in a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • averse — 1 *disinclined, indisposed, loath, reluctant, hesitant Analogous words: recoiling, shrinking, flinching, quailing (see RECOIL vb): uncongenial, unsympathetic (see INCONSONANT): balky, *contrary, perverse Antonyms: avid (of or for): athirst (for) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • averse — [adj] opposing afraid, allergic, antagonistic, antipathetic, contrary, disinclined, disliking, having no use for*, hesitant, hostile, ill disposed, indisposed, inimical, loath, nasty, perverse, reluctant, uneager, unfavorable, unfriendly,… …   New thesaurus


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