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Meaning of ADVERSE

Pronunciation:  ad'vurs

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"
  2. [adj]  contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"
 

ADVERSE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: contrary, harmful, inauspicious, unfavorable, unfavourable, untoward
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ad"verse\, a. [OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L.
    adversus, p. p. advertere to turn to. See {Advert}.]
    1. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed;
       contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an
       adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste.
    
    2. Opposite. ``Calpe's adverse height.'' --Byron.
    
    3. In hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious;
       contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous;
       afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse
       circumstances, things adverse.
    
             Happy were it for us all if we bore prosperity as
             well and wisely as we endure an adverse fortune.
                                                   --Southey.
    
    {Adverse possession} (Law), a possession of real property
       avowedly contrary to some claim of title in another
       person. --Abbott.
    
    Syn: Averse; reluctant; unwilling. See {Averse}.
    
    
  2. \Ad*verse"\, v. t. [L. adversari: cf. OF. averser.]
    To oppose; to resist. [Obs.] --Gower.
    
    
 
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