adjective[predic., usually with negative] (averse to)
- Strong and aggressive, he is not averse to a bit of shirt pulling and uses his arms effectively to hold off defenders.
- Now some of you may know that if an opportunity arises of a little fun with a person of the opposite sex I'm not averse, rare as it is.
- Some will be risk averse, others close to retirement and unwilling to jeopardise their futures.
late 16th century: from Latin aversus 'turned away from', past participle of avertere (see avert).
The widespread phrase for expressing dislike, opposition, or hostility (to things, usually not people) is averse to. Similarly, one may be said to have an aversion to (usually not aversion from) certain things or activities (but usually not people): Katherine was known for her aversion to flying, but she was brave and boarded the plane anyway. Averse from was prescribed by Samuel Johnson and is preferred by traditionalists, who condemn averse to as nonsensical (the Latin origin of averse has the meaning ‘turn from’). In both US and British English, however, averse to is now by far the more common occurrence. See also adverse (usage).