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Definition working against one's interests
  • She did an impressive job given the adverse circumstances.
adverse = working against one's interests
  • The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) discovered the problem while reviewing adverse events reported in the database.
  • adverse = undesired (bad)
  • could adversely affect the war effort
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • adversely = in a negative way (work against)
  • To admit no traffic to our adverse towns;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • adverse = working against the interest of
  • Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
  • We shaved the Cape very close to avoid an adverse current.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • These, as usual, would be exaggerated by the adverse interest of the parties.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • Robert had tried to hold his place in the world, but adverse fortune kept him down.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  My Lady's Money
  • Combat with adverse planets in the heavens.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 1
  • I'm not unusually adverse or allergic to tests, at least no more than anyone else.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Why, our battalia trebles that account: Besides, the king's name is a tower of strength, Which they upon the adverse faction want.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • All's well that ends well yet, Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • Not being noticed at all was better than being noticed adversely.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • 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
  • 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
  • Adverse winds are holding mad Christmas in him, boys.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • What I want to know is how we're going to handle any adverse publicity if it does occur."
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Hoops
  • The hero stood Adverse, with planted feet, and, from the right, Tugg'd at the solid stone with all his might.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • 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
  • Thus prepared to expect adverse circumstances, she had acquired the firmness necessary for acting under them.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe

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