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adverse circumstances
  working against one’s interests
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Strongly Associated with:   adversity, adversary
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  • adverse circumstances
  • could adversely affect the war effort
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • To admit no traffic to our adverse towns;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Adversely, that is.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • I learned from her example how to operate in such adverse conditions with grace and charm, with patience and kindness.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This was excellent news, for it ensured that my study of the wolves would not be adversely affected by human intrusions.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The "Double Wasp" is one of the most widely used engines in aviation, with a reputation for reliability earned during the adverse conditions of World War II.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • I never knew he was so interested in mountain climbing but he scaled the Cliffs of Insanity under most adverse conditions, and everyone agrees that that is not the easiest thing in the world to accomplish.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • This had a distinctly adverse effect on Nathan.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s designed to stay afloat under the most adverse conditions.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • My mother, conflict-adverse herself, hated it when my sisters fought.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • They contain solanine, a poison that occurs in plants of the nightshade family, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and lethargy in the short term, and adversely affects heart rate and blood pressure when ingested over an extended period.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • As the combatants were now equal in number, each singled an opponent from the adverse band.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • There were other, subtler signs of adverse times: no children played in the streets, people bore hard expressions, and many houses were deserted, with weeds growing from cracks in their stone-covered yards.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The only light in the room was the red glow from the fire—which lit his eyes like adverse railway signals, but left his downcast face in darkness—and the scanty vestiges of the day that came in through the open door.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Not being noticed at all was better than being noticed adversely.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • It was inexpressibly sad—then what depth of sorrow to a mother, who felt in her own heart the cause—to observe, in one so young, this constant recognition of an adverse world, and so fierce a training of the energies that were to make good her cause in the contest that must ensue.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • We commented adversely upon the imbecility of that telegraphic style.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Jasper’s been thinking about cheating — adverse as he is to the idea, he’s nothing if not practical — but he won’t suggest it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She felt neither soreness nor weariness; indomitable will to reach her husband in spite of adverse Fate, and of a cunning enemy, killed all sense of bodily pain within her, and rendered her instincts doubly acute.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I, who was desirous to obey, concealed them not, but disclosed them all to him; whereon he raised his brows a little up, then said, "Fiercely were they adverse to me, and to my fathers, and to my party, so that twice I scattered them."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Grow this to what adverse issue it can, I will put it in practice.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drench Of that forgetful lake benumb not still, That in our proper motion we ascend Up to our native seat; descent and fall To us is adverse.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Come now, sinner, suppose the wind of fortune, hitherto so adverse, should turn in our favour, filling the sails of our desires so that safely and without impediment we put into port in some one of those islands I have promised thee, how would it be with thee if on winning it I made thee lord of it?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I started, or rather (for like other defaulters, I like to lay half the blame on ill fortune and adverse circumstances) was thrust on to a wrong tack at the age of one-andtwenty, and have never recovered the right course since: but I might have been very different; I might have been as good as you — wiser — almost as stainless.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Most of all he commented adversely on the desertion of Stephen by all his pubhunting confreres but one, a most glaring piece of ratting on the part of his brother medicos under all the circs.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I wanted to keep myself pure; and, under the most adverse circumstances, I tried hard to preserve my self-respect; but I was struggling alone in the powerful grasp of the demon Slavery; and the monster proved too strong for me.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • From that day on the sense of responsibility, the natural grace, the calm control that Remedios would have in the face of adverse circumstances was revealed.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • She mounted a telephone campaign, driving home the point to military officials that they did not want to deal with the adverse publicity that the disgruntled widow of an Iwo Jima flagraiser could generate.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Also, knowledge of our existence shall bolster the spirits of the dwarves and the Varden and counteract any adverse effects Murtagh and Thorn’s appearance on the Burning Plains may have had upon the resolution of their warriors.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • And it was not only that her feelings were still adverse to any man save one; her judgement, on a serious consideration of the possibilities of such a case was against Mr Elliot.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Even under the most adverse conditions, that pleasure always made itself felt: she might hate him, but she had never been able to wish him out of the room.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Besides, he tells me that, if peradventure He speak against me on the adverse side, I should not think it strange; for ’tis a physic That’s bitter to sweet end.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The total complement, not even a quarter the size of a normal crew, might have caused some adverse comment on the part of the senior chiefs, who didn’t consider just how much experience these officers had.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The third: even were he free, in a family like his own where marriage usually meant a tragic sadness, marriage with a blood-relation would duplicate the adverse conditions, and a tragic sadness might be intensified to a tragic horror.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Admiral and Mrs. Crawford, though agreeing in nothing else, were united in affection for these children, or, at least, were no farther adverse in their feelings than that each had their favourite, to whom they showed the greatest fondness of the two.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • And whoever shall fortify his town well, and shall have managed the other concerns of his subjects in the way stated above, and to be often repeated, will never be attacked without great caution, for men are always adverse to enterprises where difficulties can be seen, and it will be seen not to be an easy thing to attack one who has his town well fortified, and is not hated by his people.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • All of us in the Congress are made fully aware of the importance of party unity (what sins have been committed in that name!) and the adverse effect upon our party’s chances in the next election which any rebellious conduct might bring.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In the earlier half of the day there was business to hinder any formal communication of an adverse resolve; in the later there was dinner, wine, whist, and general satisfaction.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Chapter; namely, that for him that hath no obligation to his former Soveraign but that of an ordinary Subject, it is then, when the means of his life is within the Guards and Garrisons of the Enemy; for it is then, that he hath no longer Protection from him, but is protected by the adverse party for his Contribution.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "God, it’s not like I’m saying it to her face," Ashley said bitterly, and I wondered if all those thank-you cards and all that gratitude were having an adverse effect, leaving no niceties for anyone in person.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Nicholas and the good-tempered man found so many things to talk about, that between conversing together, and cheering up the boys, the time passed with them as rapidly as it could, under such adverse circumstances.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Thus prepared to expect adverse circumstances, she had acquired the firmness necessary for acting under them.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …and foamy mouth Did I redeem; a wreck past hope he was: His life I gave him, and did thereto add My love, without retention or restraint, All his in dedication: for his sake, Did I expose myself, pure for his love, Into the danger of this adverse town; Drew to defend him when he was beset: Where being apprehended, his false cunning,— Not meaning to partake with me in danger,— Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance, And grew a twenty-years-removed thing While one would wink;…
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • You mean, do you, that the second arrest would have an adverse influence on the judge and the verdict he passes on the defendant?
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • I assure you my call will not reflect adversely upon your wardenship here.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • At any rate, they are hardy enough, but they do die under adverse conditions.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Thus adjured, Carley did her best under adverse circumstances.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • These, as usual, would be exaggerated by the adverse interest of the parties.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • All’s well that ends well yet, Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
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