What's the Difference Between "Adverse" and "Averse"? - Keep Your Grammar Pristine!

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Today, I'll be talking about the difference between the words "adverse" and "averse" for those who struggle with grammar and words that look similar.

So, as mentioned above, the adjectives “adverse” and “averse” are quite similar, but they are slightly different.

Always use “adverse” in relation to something harmful, disadvantageous, or impeding success.

For example:

  • Zeus’ lightning bolt had an "adverse" effect on the cyclops.

  • Hephaestus received "adverse" criticism on his appearance.

  • Hestia had an "adverse" reaction to the polluted air.

In contrast, use “averse” in relation to a dislike or distaste of something.

For example:

  • Artemis was "averse" to anyone who was not in her group of immortal Amazons.

  • Athena was "averse" to spiders due to her arachnophobia.

  • Due to her daughter’s abduction, Demeter was "averse" to the dark, the underworld, and Hades.

Simple, right? :)


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