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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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AVER'SION, noun [Latin averto.]

1. Opposition or repugnance of mind; dislike; disinclination; reluctance; hatred. Usually this word expresses moderate hatred, or opposition of mind, not amounting to abhorrence or detestation. It ought generally to be followed by to before the object. [See averse.] Sometimes it admits of for.

A freeholder is bred with an aversion to subjection.

2. Opposition or contrariety of nature; applied to inanimate substances.

Magnesia, notwithstanding this aversion to solution, forms a kind of paste with water.

3. The cause of dislike.

Pain their aversion pleasure their desire.