Hypertext Webster Gateway: "adverse"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Adverse \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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Adverse \Ad*verse"\, v. t. [L. adversari: cf. OF. averser.]
To oppose; to resist. [Obs.] --Gower.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adverse
adj 1: contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse
circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the
most untoward conditions" [syn: {harmful}, {inauspicious},
{untoward}]
2: in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary
wind" [syn: {contrary}]


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