Adverse versus Averse

Adverse versus Averse

Let us look at the difference between Adverse versus Averse. Both of them are adjectives. ‘Adverse’ means a sense of hostility. ‘Averse’ is used to describe people and it means feelings that are opposed or declined. It is idiomatic and opposite of willingness or agreement. [The two words Adverse and Averse, are definitely not interchangeable.


The adjective adverse means – antagonistic, opposing, harmful, hostile and unfavourable.

  • Adverse conditions like fog affect the visibility.


The adjective averse means – strongly declined, unwilling or loath. Averse is usually followed by the preposition ‘to’ and occasionally. The noun form of averse is ‘aversion’.

  • The company staff is averse to change.

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