Ad"verse (#), a. [OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L. adversus, p. p. advertere to turn to. See Advert.]

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.

"Calpe's adverse height."

Byron.

3.

In hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious; contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous; afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse circumstances, things adverse.

Happy were it for us all if we bore prosperity as well and wisely as we endure an adverse fortune. Southey.

Adverse possession Law, a possession of real property avowedly contrary to some claim of title in another person.

Abbott.

Syn. -- Averse; reluctant; unwilling. See Averse.

 

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Ad*verse" (#), v. t. [L. adversari: cf. OF. averser.]

To oppose; to resist.

[Obs.]

Gower.

 

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