• WordNet 3.6
    • adj averse (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed "antipathetic to new ideas","averse to taking risks","loath to go on such short notice","clearly indisposed to grant their request"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Averse Having a repugnance or opposition of mind; disliking; disinclined; unwilling; reluctant. "Averse alike to flatter, or offend.""Men who were averse to the life of camps.""Pass by securely as men averse from war."
    • v. t. & i Averse To turn away. "Cold and averting from our neighbor's good."
    • Averse Turned away or backward. "The tracks averse a lying notice gave,
      And led the searcher backward from the cave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • averse Turned away from anything; turned backward; averted.
    • averse Hence Specifically: In botany, turned away from the central axis: opposed to adverse (which see). In ornithology, set back or turned away from: applied to pygopodous or rumpfooted birds, whose legs are set so far back that the erect posture is necessitated, as in the case of the loon, grebe, or auk.
    • averse Disliking; unwilling; having reluctance.
    • averse Unfavorable; indisposed; adverse.
    • averse [This word and its derivatives are now regularly followed by to, and not by from, although the latter is used by some modern writers. The word itself includes the idea of from; but the literal meaning is ignored, the affection of the mind signified by the word being regarded as exerted toward the object of dislike. Similarly, the kindred terms contrary, repugnant, etc., are also followed by to.] Synonyms Averse, Reluctant, disinclined, backward, slow, loath, opposed. Averse implies habitual dislike or unwillingness, though not of a very strong character, and is nearly synonymous with disinclined: as, averse to study, to active pursuits. Reluctant, literally, struggling back from, implies some degree of struggle either with others who are inciting us on, or between our own inclination and some strong motive, as sense of duty, whether it operates as an impelling or as a restraining influence. See antipathy.
    • averse To turn away; avert. B. Jonson.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Averse a-vėrs′ having a disinclination or hatred (with to; from is, however, still used): disliking: turned away from anything: turned backward; (her.) turned so as to show the back, as of a right hand
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  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “'Tis safest in matrimony to begin with a little aversion.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aversus, p. p. of avertere,. See Avert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aversus, turned away, pa.p. of avert-ĕre. See Avert.


In literature:

All we want is a disposition not averse from peaceful counsels.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome" by Various
Eben, she knew, was slowly but very certainly reading an aversion to himself into every small manifestation of personal independence.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
What have you gained but making yourself an object of popular aversion or distrust?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
They have an aversion for the horse and will not remove its dung.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Mrs Burton was fond of society, and her husband had not then become positively averse to it.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
That his son is averse to this the father plainly sees.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
I had not told that she was so averse to it.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The long stroll had given her an aversion toward work.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Kernan was not averse to taking office.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Whether it came from her aversion of the officer, or because her sons were around, Jack could not judge.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"

In poetry:

Peace, peace! I've heard the lying mouth
Say all "your sympathies go South,"
'Tis false! aversion, horror, scorn
Is due where slaves are bred and born!
"America--"Peace, Peace, O Peace!"" by Janet Hamilton
Whenever any preach'd the word of God,
I still averse in attitude appear'd,
Or, ever and anon, was seen to nod,
Whilst others profited by what they heard.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Then young Simplicity, averse to feign,
Shall, unmolested, breathe her softest sigh,
And Candour with unwonted warmth complain,
And Innocence indulge a wailful cry.
"Elegy IV. Ophilia's Urn. To Mr. Graves" by William Shenstone
Here were a goodly place wherein to die;--
Grown latterly to sudden change averse,
All violent contrasts fain avoid would I
On passing from this world into a worse.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Remov'd thank God! from fierce contentions;
Unknown to parties or Conventions;
Alike averse to rage and folly,
And foe to gloomy melancholy;
Amid confusion, war, and zeal,
Accept these lines from bard Macneill.
"To Mrs. Pleydell, With A Pot Of Honey, During The Ferment Occasioned" by Hector MacNeill
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs:
Despite the artful tensions of the calendar,
The life insurance, the tabled fertility rites,
The costly aversion of the eyes away from death -
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs.
"Wants" by Philip Larkin

In news:

NOW COMES news that James S Gilmore III, the highhanded, dissent-averse and altogether unsuccessful ex-governor of Virginia, is weighing a run for the Republican nomination for president.
The US intelligence community may be overcoming its institutional aversion to information sharing as its internal version of Wikipedia begins to thrive, according to The Washington Post.
Aversion to physical exertion aside, no- knead doughs have a couple of other advantages.
The first time I invite someone to dinner, I ask if there are any food aversions I should know about.
Thile, the genre-averse mandolinist and composer, is indisputably brilliant.
A warning to the militantly flesh-averse: This North Oakland Ethiopian restaurant does serve meat.
The arrival of Fire Prevention Fee notices last week from no less a tax collector than the California Board of Equalization angered many tax-averse property owners in rural areas around the state.
Gold Ends Solidly Lower on Bearish "Outside Markets," More Risk-Aversion.
Watch as Mark tells Oprah how an aversion to arts and crafts led him to the club's heated pool and his very first swim team.
The Bikini Waxer With an Aversion to Female Anatomy.
JOHN J GOTTI, the telegenic Mafia boss who died of head and neck cancer in federal prison last week at the age of 61, was famously flamboyant, but he had an old-fashioned godfather's aversion to being wiretapped and bugged.
Psychologists have compared the human instinctive aversion to change to the way people avoid pain or experience fear.
It's embarrassing when President Barack Obama's risk-averse refusal to engage foreign-policy issues becomes so obvious that it's a laugh line for the president of Iran.
Buffett's Billions Can't Buy Him Exemption From His Tax-Averse Past.
Most impressive of all, though, Settlers is actually inducting board-game -averse Americans into the cult of German-style gaming.

In science:

An ASGH (N, v) is appreciation of friends if for all i, j ∈ N such that i , j, the following holds: vi ( j) ∈ {−1, +n}. – An ASGH (N, v) is aversion to enemies if for all i, j ∈ N such that i , j, the following holds: vi ( j) ∈ {−n, +1}.
Existence of Stability in Hedonic Coalition Formation Games
It is clear that ‘appreciation of friends’ and ‘aversion to enemies’ games are ASHGs with strict preferences.
Existence of Stability in Hedonic Coalition Formation Games
Suzuki and Sung noted that ‘appreciation of friends’ and ‘aversion to enemies’ games satisfy top responsiveness and bottom responsiveness respectively.
Existence of Stability in Hedonic Coalition Formation Games
There exists an SIS partition for each ‘aversion to enemies’ game.
Existence of Stability in Hedonic Coalition Formation Games
The statement follows from Theorem 2 and the fact that ‘aversion to enemies’ games satisfy bottom responsiveness.
Existence of Stability in Hedonic Coalition Formation Games