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- 2 French
- 3 Latin
- 4 Spanish
This page has 9 definitions of adverse with English translations in 4 languages. Adverse is an adjective, participle and verb. Examples of how to use adverse in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
English adverse definition
- Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing one's interests or wishes; contrary to one's welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction.
- adverse criticism
- adverse weather
- 1829, Robert Southey, Sir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society
- Happy were it for us all if we bore prosperity as well and wisely as we endure an adverse fortune.
- 1964 September, “News: Fewer diesels for NER in 1965”, in Modern Railways, page 201:
- Several types of diesel locomotive have been tested on this working and as a result the probable choice will be Type 2 diesels in pairs, without bankers. The crucial factor in the selection of this method is the higher degree of adhesion obtained than with a single Type 4; on trial one of the latter showed that in very adverse conditions it might slip to a standstill at one of the two tricky spots on the steep climb from Tyne Dock to Consett.
- Opposed; contrary; opposing one's interests or desire.
- adverse circumstances
- (not comparable) Opposite; confronting.
- the adverse page
- the adverse party
Adverse is sometimes confused with averse, though the meanings are somewhat different. Adverse most often refers to things, denoting something that is in opposition to someone's interests — something one might refer to as an adversity or adversary — (adverse winds; an attitude adverse to our ideals). Averse usually refers to people, and implies one has a distaste, disinclination, or aversion toward something (a leader averse to war; an investor averse to risk taking). Averse is most often used with "to" in a construction like "I am averse to…". Adverse shows up less often in this type of construction, describing a person instead of a thing, and should carry a meaning of "actively opposed to" rather than "has an aversion to".
French adverse definition
adverse (plural adverses)
- “adverse”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Latin adverse definition
- “adverse”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- adverse in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
Spanish adverse definition