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- The quality of being averse; opposition of mind.
- 1600, George Abbot, An Exposition upon the Prophet Jonah, London, Lecture 4, p. 65,
- 1742, Samuel Richardson, Pamela, London, Volume 4, Letter 56, p. 363,
- […] the Fondness or Averseness of the Child to some Servants […] will at any time let one know, whether their Love to the Baby is uniform and the same, when one is absent, as present.
- 1893 April, Thomas Hardy, “The Fiddler of the Reels”, in Life’s Little Ironies […], London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], published 1894, OCLC 1229736910, page 181:
- There were tones in it [his fiddling] which bred the immediate conviction that indolence and averseness to systematic application were all that lay between 'Mop' and the career of a second [Niccolò] Paganini.