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averse to taking risks
  strongly opposed or disliking
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averse aversely averseness
Strongly Associated with:   aversion
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"Averse" is usually used in the expression "averse to".

Some people confuse "averse" with "adverse".  "Averse" indicates dislike or opposition to something; while "adverse" is a negative effect.
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  • averse to taking risks
  • I know that you are averse to doing the difficult parts of this job, but there are a lot of opportunities here.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I wanted to make everything okay, though to be honest, I wasn’t really clear on why Mia was so averse to camping in the first place—she was not a prissy chick, not by a long shot; this was a girl who liked to play midnight basketball—so I had no idea if the creature comforts would help.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "And you’re averse to work, right?"
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • The thalagoya, on the other hand, will eat snails, beetles, centipedes, toads, skinks, eggs and young birds, and is not averse to garbage.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • She was artistic, unpredictable, impulsive, and rule-averse—all qualities I dearly admired.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • To function properly, my Whisperer has always needed children, and children are averse to pain — I’ve found that out through experience.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They liked to say that they didn’t care for sweets, although there was some evidence that they weren’t as averse as they claimed.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I was averse to visitors.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But you could see he had a sense of humor, and he was not averse to telling us we were doing okay.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • So Swaney did what any conflict-averse public official would do when faced with two unpleasant options: he passed the buck.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • A residence in Turkey was abhorrent to her; her religion and her feelings were alike averse to it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Now, speaking without any exaggeration, is your mother really so very much averse to this marriage?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The mother is a lady of some station, though not averse to increasing her income.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Though I wasn’t averse to the idea of marriage, it seemed kind of silly to hope for that as your life’s goal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • The chances are that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey Norton, as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his princess.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He slung his bow and quiver on his back, but left Zar’roc in the room; the sword would only slow him, and he was averse to using it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It is not saying too much: I know what I feel, and how averse are my inclinations to the bare thought of marriage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All but White Fang was averse to friendship.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The Olympian gods cannot be all averse to this man’s coming here among our islanders.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Each turned his eyes to the other side, he first who had been most averse to doing it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Dunnan said yes, he would; and Shultz then said, "Do you recall being asked whether or not you were averse to capital punishment?"
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Her visitor had had an accident, she said, which temporarily discoloured his face and hands, and being of a sensitive disposition, he was averse to any public notice of the fact.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • There are plenty of sturdy Union patriots who are not averse to picking up money selling goods to the Confederacy.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He was not averse to dying at war in the way Americans were.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • "Firstly… I know how averse you are to using your authority with your pack, but …." I blinked, astonished that he would even dream of starting in on this one.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I felt …. averse to destroying him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Not that he was absolutely idle, or averse to business then; far from it.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • But there is still indeed a more weighty reason, why the kings of this country have been always averse from executing so terrible an action, unless upon the utmost necessity.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • ’I suppose, a married man,’ replied Mr. Bumble, shading his eyes with his hand, and surveying the stranger, from head to foot, in evident perplexity, ’is not more averse to turning an honest penny when he can, than a single one.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It is with almost equal regret that we report the mass revolt of the Dementors of Azkaban, who have shown themselves averse to continuing in the Ministry’s employ.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Hitherto, whenever there appeared the slightest call for such interference, he had never lacked advisers, nor shown himself averse to be guided by their judgment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Still looking averse to the plan, Anderson extracted his sidearm very, very slowly, gazing down at it with uncertainty.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • From his conversation with the old man, Levin thought he was not averse to new methods either.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He was not averse to doing this in the middle of the city square.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I should not have been averse to do so, but that I imagined I detected trouble, and calculation relative to the extent of the cold meat, in Mrs. Micawber’s eye.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I had not been previously acquainted with the project, or I should have prevented it, being naturally averse to the assuming of state on any occasion; and I was a good deal chagrin’d at their appearance, as I could not avoid their accompanying me.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • And yet,’ Reggie said, from his kiosk, ’you are not averse to running a two-for-one Valentine’s Day special on bracelets and assorted rings.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • I told him I was very willing to be easy, and that to carry family concerns before the public was a step from which I was naturally much averse.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Chapter VII A Day of Reckoning Mr. Tulliver was an essentially sober man,—able to take his glass and not averse to it, but never exceeding the bounds of moderation.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The more he suffers, the more averse he will be to me, having made me the principal representative of the great occasion of his suffering.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He is averse to every kind of demonstration of feeling; many people even find fault with him for such firmness of character, and regard it as a proof of pride or lack of feeling, but men like him ought not to be judged by the common standard, ought they?
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • But the captain, having some unusual reason for believing that rare good luck awaited him in those latitudes; and therefore being very averse to quit them, and the leak not being then considered at all dangerous, though, indeed, they could not find it after searching the hold as low down as was possible in rather heavy weather, the ship still continued her cruisings, the mariners working at the pumps at wide and easy intervals; but no good luck came; more days went by, and not only was…
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was the first time Mrs. Penniman had heard of New Orleans in this connexion; but she was averse to letting Catherine know that she was in the dark.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Jos, however, remained behind over the play-table; he was no gambler, but not averse to the little excitement of the sport now and then, and he had some Napoleons chinking in the embroidered pockets of his court waistcoat.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was impossible to have lived with her fifteen years and not be aware that an unselfish clinging to the right, and a sincerity clear as the flower-born dew, were her main characteristics; indeed, Godfrey felt this so strongly, that his own more wavering nature, too averse to facing difficulty to be unvaryingly simple and truthful, was kept in a certain awe of this gentle wife who watched his looks with a yearning to obey them.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The act of procreation would be undergone unseen, prudently veiled in white cotton — she, dutiful but properly averse, he within his rights — but need never be mentioned.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • There was a little difficulty about the money-question, as she seemed averse to being under pecuniary obligations.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Amazement seized All th’ host of Heaven; back they recoiled afraid At first, and called me Sin, and for a sign Portentous held me; but, familiar grown, I pleased, and with attractive graces won The most averse—thee chiefly, who, full oft Thyself in me thy perfect image viewing, Becam’st enamoured; and such joy thou took’st With me in secret that my womb conceived A growing burden.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Had he imposed on a child, I should have been more averse to have forgiven him; but a woman upwards of thirty must certainly be supposed to know what will make her most happy.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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