ad·verse /ædˈvɝs, ˈædˌ/
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.”
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.
Syn: -- Averse; reluctant; unwilling. See Averse.
Ad·verse v. t. To oppose; to resist. [Obs.]
adj 1: contrary to your interests or welfare; "adverse
circumstances"; "made a place for themselves under the
most untoward conditions" [syn: harmful, inauspicious,
2: in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary
wind" [syn: contrary]