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Written by Rachel G
(10/22/2008 6:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How much of a difference does the letter d make in 'adverse'?, penned by Tom P2
I checked Chambers, Shorter OED and Webster's1828. (Couldn't get the search function to give me the definitions in Johnson's 1805) Apart from instances where the meanings of the two words overlap, they came up with the following:
Adverse: Acting in opposition to; Actively hostile.
Averse: Turned away in mind or feeling; dislike; reluctant; disinclined.
So yes, adverse is the stronger word. Despite Anne's apparent acceptance that Wentworth will marry Louisa, and her enjoyment of Benwick's and Mr Elliot's company, her feelings are >b>actively opposed to any man except one.
BTW, thanks for the LOL "jowl-flapping Brrrr!" image. There's nothing like the endorphin hit of a good laugh with my breakfast! ;-D
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