- The definition of averse is having a feeling of distaste or strong opposition.
A person who really cannot stand the sight of raw meat is an example of someone who is averse.
- not willing or inclined; opposed (to)
- Bot. turned away from the main stem
Origin of averseClassical Latin aversus, past participle of avertere, avert
Origin of averseLatin āversus, past participle of āvertere, to turn away; see avert.
(comparative more averse, superlative most averse)
The terms adverse and averse are sometimes confused, though their 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".
(third-person singular simple present averses, present participle aversing, simple past and past participle aversed)
- To turn away.
From Latin aversus, past participle of avertere (“to avert”)