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Definition strongly opposed or disliking
  • Older people tend to be more risk averse in their investments.
  • Many of our staff are averse to change.
  • Averse to wasting her time, she went on sewing.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Besides, he was not averse to begin fighting on that Rajah's account, and teach a lesson to those people who had received him with shots.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • All but White Fang was averse to friendship.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He was not averse to dying at war in the way Americans were.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Others, though content that treaties should be made in the mode proposed, are averse to their being the SUPREME laws of the land.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • 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
  • Don't you think that to be so much afraid and averse is a sort of dirtiness?"
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Each turned his eyes to the other side, he first who had been most averse to doing it.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • "And you're averse to work, right?"
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • 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
  • The mother is a lady of some station, though not averse to increasing her income.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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

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