• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adverse in an opposing direction "adverse currents","a contrary wind"
    • adj adverse contrary to your interests or welfare "adverse circumstances","made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an article in 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that adverse drug reactions may cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the US alone.
    • Adverse Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste.
    • Adverse 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."
    • Adverse Opposite. "Calpe's adverse height."
    • v. t Adverse To oppose; to resist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000 Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
    • adverse Being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing in position or course; opposite; confronting: most commonly used of hurtful or hostile opposedness, but sometimes of mere opposition in space.
    • adverse Antagonistic in purpose or effect; opposite; hostile; inimical: as, an adverse party; adverse criticism.
    • adverse Opposing desire; contrary to the wishes or to supposed good; hence, unfortunate; calamitous; unprosperous: as, adverse fate or circumstances.
    • adverse In botany, turned toward the axis: the opposite of averse, but rarely used. See anatropous.
    • adverse Averse, Inimical, etc. See hostile.
    • adverse Unfortunate, unlucky, calamitous, untoward, disastrous.
    • adverse To oppose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
    • adj Adverse ad′vėrs acting in a contrary direction (with to): opposed to: unfortunate: injurious
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  • Horace
    “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”
  • Horace
    “A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.”
  • Horace
    “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity”
  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    “Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L. adversus, p. p. advertere, to turn to. See Advert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. adversusad, to, and vertĕre, versum, to turn.


In literature:

In adversity you will not act like a nursling deprived of its bottle and rattle.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
And we can become so absorbed in our glorious Bridegroom that we shall be almost oblivious of adverse circumstances which may beset us.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Buffeted by adverse winds and floating ice-fields, venturous explorers have drawn nearer and nearer to the north pole.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Her youth passed gaily, and her adversity came suddenly.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
She was a woman of heroic mold, like Juno in her majesty; unmoved in prosperity, undaunted in adversity.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Under these adverse circumstances the resolution of this indomitable man remained unshaken.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
But the habits and occupations of man are adverse to this tranquil temper.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
But the fortune of war was adverse.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
There has never been a construction of the Constitution adverse to your interests.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The financial statements and the distributions effected by the captains are adversely criticised by the released British subject.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton

In poetry:

And even should Love and Faith remain,
(The greatest blessings life can show,)
Amid adversity and pain,
To shine throughout with cheering glow;
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
A soul, whose gentlest hours were nursed,
In stern adversity's dark way,
And o'er whose pathway never burst
One gleam of hope's enlivening ray.
"Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String" by James Monroe Whitfield
Yes ; — in adversity, to me
Thou clung'st with more than woman's love
Oh ! 'twas scarce sin to worship thee,
Thou wast so like a saint above !
"Stanzas to Mary" by Mary Anne Browne
"O, adverse winds round them did blaw,
And he has seen and felt it a';
O, dinna believe ill tales are true,
For that we all are apt to do."
"What Do Ye Think o' Geordie Noo?" by Carolina Oliphant
Whoe'er besides wou'd covet to escape
Losses, calamity, and urgent woe,
Danger, disease, adversity, mishap;
Let them to serve their God devoutly go.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Adversity and troubles fell,
In ev'ry town and house shall dwell,
Sad moans shall sound in all thy streets,
And dread shall seize ev'ry soul one meets.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A new US study, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), found no significant association between bisphenol A and adverse health outcomes.
Argentine Default Swaps Surge on Adverse $1.33 Billion Ruling.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Comorbidities and Adverse Events.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZPoor Control of Anticoagulant Therapy Leads to Increased Adverse Events for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
Lockheed Martin Opens Registration for Adverse Condition Alerting Service Website.
Apple, Samsung narrowly escape adverse inference instruction.
Spice' used to reach drug-like high but with adverse effects.
Taken together, could cause adverse effects.
Disclosure rules may have adverse effect on energy firms.
Debbie Reynolds Hospitalized for Adverse Reaction to Medication, Cancels Shows.
Is a credit union required to send an adverse action notice when it terminates a delinquent credit card account.
Learn more about adverse action notices.
'Yo-yo dieting' represents no adverse effect to metabolism or ability to lose weight long-term.
The Defense Department said Sunday that it does not expect "any adverse effect" on the department's weapons programs as a result of a recent breach of Lockheed Martin's computer network.
Kesa Electricals Says Adverse Weather Hits Sales.

In science:

For the smaller systems, we do not find that the FRPA results are adversely influenced by the imminent RPA instability.
Faddeev Random Phase Approximation applied to molecules
Observations with the NICMOS NIR instrument on HST suffer from a poorly understood nonlinearity issue, which adversely affects fluxes, and hence distances to high-redshift supernovae obtained with this instrument (see § 5.1.3 in [218]).
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
Adverse drug reactions as cause of admission to hospital: prospective analysis of 18,820 patients.
The application of a perceptron model to classify an individual's response to a proposed loading dose regimen of Warfarin
Many aspects of the analysis are complicated by two instrumental effects: spatial variation of the instrument passband response, and stray light which adversely affects common flatfielding methods.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
This, however, is not a great problem, since the probability of such cases is about 10 to 20 per cent, so we can simply throw them away without adversely affecting the statistics.
Complex Structures Defined on Dynamically Triangulated Surfaces