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Definition of Adverse


  1. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste.
  2. Opposite.
  3. In hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious; contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous; afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse circumstances, things adverse.
  4. To oppose; to resist.

Adverse Quotations

The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
Thomas Jefferson

I didn't like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions - the curtain was up.
Groucho Marx

But I'm not adverse to the idea of Torch Song as a musical. It would just be different. Because the play will always be there exactly as it was, and in a musical you could tell a lot of the story through songs.
Harvey Fierstein

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The capacity of young people to persevere, even under the most adverse conditions, never ceases to amaze me.
Jane Fonda
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Adverse Translations

adverse in German is widrig, feindlich
adverse in Italian is sfavorevole
adverse in Norwegian is fiendtlig
adverse in Spanish is adverso, contrario

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