adverse vs averse : Common Errors in English

About adverse vs averse

The word “adverse” turns up most frequently in the phrase “adverse circumstances,” meaning difficult circumstances, circumstances which act as an adversary; but people often confuse this word with “averse,” a much rarer word, meaning having a strong feeling against, or aversion toward.

adverse Meaning(s)

  • (s) in an opposing direction
  • (s) contrary to your interests or welfare

averse Meaning(s)

  • (s) (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

adverse in News

  1. 2 officers of gay rights group resign after backlash to stance on Hunt case

    VERO BEACH — Two top officers of a gay-lesbian rights organization have resigned citing adverse reaction within and outside the group to their stance about Kaitlyn Hunt’s teen-sex case.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Indian River Press Journal

  2. Why the USGA hates lift, clean, and place

    By Luke Kerr-Dineen"Adverse conditions, including the poor condition of the course or the existence of mud, are sometimes so general, particularly during winter months, that the Committee may decide to grant relief by temporary Local Rule either to protect the course or to promote fair and pleasant play. The Local Rule should be withdrawn as soon as the conditions warrant."-- Rules of Golf ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: GolfDigest.com via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Warfarin Recall

    Patients may be more likely to develop bleeding as an adverse reaction and in some patients that bleeding into a critical organ (mostly the central nervous system) could be fatal.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Kansas City InfoZine

averse in News

  1. How to Keep Your Maxi Skirt From Dragging on the Ground—Without Wearing Heels!

    (Photos by FameFlynet Pictures; PacificCoastNews.com) With their breezy silhouettes and simple throw-on-and-go styling, maxi skirts are the quintessential summer staple—if you've got the mile-long legs of a supermodel, the tailoring budget of a top-notch actress, or a penchant for doing your daily coffee run in peep-toe platforms. But if you're an average height, heel-averse normal person who ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: StyleBistro

  2. Has the time come for Klinsmann to replace Howard in goal?

    In his nearly two years as manager of the U.S. national team, Jurgen Klinsmann has been anything but averse to change. Before Friday's World Cup qualifier in Jamaica, Klinsmann had not started the same lineup in two successive games during his now 26-match tenure. He has repeatedly shown that individuals are subjugated to the bigger cause.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. Andy Glockner: Has the time come for Klinsmann to replace Howard in goal?

    In his nearly two years as manager of the U.S. national team, Jurgen Klinsmann has been anything but averse to change. Before Friday's World Cup qualifier in Jamaica, Klinsmann had not started the same lineup in two successive games during his now 26-match tenure. He has repeatedly shown that individuals are subjugated to the bigger cause.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

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