Counter vs Averse - What's the difference?

counter | averse |

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between counter and averse

is that counter is (obsolete) an encounter while averse is (obsolete) lying on the opposite side (to'' or ''from ).

As verbs the difference between counter and averse

is that counter is to contradict, oppose while averse is to turn away.

As adjectives the difference between counter and averse

is that counter is contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic while averse is having a repugnance or opposition of mind.

As a noun counter

is an object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc or counter can be (nautical) the overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline or counter can be (obsolete) an encounter.

As an adverb counter

is contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction or counter can be in opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m) (French (m)), from .


(en noun)
  • An object (now especially a small disc) used in counting or keeping count, or as a marker in games, etc.
  • * He rolled a six on the dice, so moved his counter forward six spaces.
  • (curling) Any stone lying closer to the center than any of the opponent's stones.
  • A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a shop tabletop on which goods are examined, weighed or measured.
  • * He put his money on the counter , and the shopkeeper put it in the till.
  • One who counts, or reckons up; a reckoner.
  • * He's only 16 months, but is already a good counter - he can count to 100.
  • A telltale; a contrivance attached to an engine, printing press, or other machine, for the purpose of counting the revolutions or the pulsations.
  • (historical) The prison attached to a city court; a Counter.
  • (grammar) A class of word used along with numbers to count objects and events, typically mass nouns. Although rare and optional in English (e.g. "20 head of cattle"), they are numerous and required in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • In a kitchen, a surface, often built into the wall and above a cabinet, whereon various food preparations take place.
  • (wrestling) A proactive defensive hold or move in reaction to a hold or move by one's opponent.
  • * Always know a counter to any hold you try against your opponent.
  • (computing, programming) A variable, memory location, etc. whose contents are incremented to keep a count.
  • (computing, Internet) A hit counter.
  • Derived terms
    * bean counter * counter batten * countertop * hit counter * over the counter * program counter * rivet counter

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) contre, (etyl) cuntre, both from (etyl) contra.


  • Contrary, in opposition; in an opposite direction.
  • * Running counter to all the rules of virtue. -Locks .
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The overhanging stern of a vessel above the waterline.
  • (by extension) The piece of a shoe or a boot around the heel of the foot (above the heel of the shoe/boot).
  • * 1959 , , Seymour: An Introduction :
  • Seymour, sitting in an old corduroy armchair across the room, a cigarette going, wearing a blue shirt, gray slacks, moccasins with the counters broken down, a shaving cut on the side of his face [...].

    Etymology 3

    From counter- .


    (en verb)
  • To contradict, oppose.
  • (boxing) To return a blow while receiving one, as in boxing.
  • * His left hand countered provokingly. - C. Kingsley
  • To take action in response to; to respond.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-14
  • , author=Simon Jenkins, authorlink=Simon Jenkins , title=We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys , volume=188, issue=2, page=23 , date=2012-12-21 , magazine= citation , passage=David Cameron insists that his latest communications data bill is “vital to counter terrorism”. Yet terror is mayhem. It is no threat to freedom. That threat is from counter-terror, from ministers capitulating to securocrats.}}


  • Contrary; opposite; contrasted; opposed; adverse; antagonistic.
  • His carrying a knife was counter to my plan.
  • * I. Taylor
  • Innumerable facts attesting the counter principle.
    Derived terms
    * counter agent * counter fugue * counter current * counter revolution * counter poison : See also:


  • In opposition; in an opposite direction; contrariwise.
  • * John Locke
  • running counter to all the rules of virtue
  • In the wrong way; contrary to the right course.
  • a hound that runs counter
  • * Shakespeare
  • This is counter , you false Danish dogs!
  • At or against the front or face.
  • * Sandys
  • which [darts] they never throw counter , but at the back of the flier


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An encounter.
  • * Spenser
  • with kindly counter under mimic shade
  • (nautical) The after part of a vessel's body, from the water line to the stern, below and somewhat forward of the stern proper.
  • (music) Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to countertenor.
  • The breast, or that part of a horse between the shoulders and under the neck.
  • The back leather or heel part of a boot.
  • Anagrams

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    (en adjective)
  • Having a repugnance or opposition of mind.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2004
  • , author=Arthur Schopenhauer , title=Essays of Schopenhauer , chapter=2 citation , passage=This is why the most eminent intellects have always been strongly averse to any kind of disturbance, interruption and distraction, and above everything to that violent interruption which is caused by noise; other people do not take any particular notice of this sort of thing.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1885
  • , author=E. T. A. Hoffmann , title=The Entail citation , passage=“I assure you, cousin,” replied the old gentleman, “that the Baron, notwithstanding his unpleasant manner, is really one of the most excellent and kind-hearted men in the world. As I have already told you, he did not assume these manners until the time he became lord of the entail; previous to then he was a modest, gentle youth. Besides, he is not, after all, so bad as you make him out to be; and further, I should like to know why you are so averse to him.” As my uncle said these words he smiled mockingly, and the blood rushed hotly and furiously into my face.}}
  • Turned away or backward.
  • * Dryden
  • The tracks averse a lying notice gave, / And led the searcher backward from the cave.
  • (obsolete) Lying on the opposite side (to'' or ''from ).
  • Usage notes

    The terms (adverse) and averse'' are sometimes confused, though their meanings are somewhat different. ''Adverse'' most often refers to things, denoting something that is in opposition to someone's interests — something one might refer to as an (adversity) or (adversary) — (''adverse winds''; ''an attitude adverse to our ideals''). ''Averse'' usually refers to people, and implies one has a distaste, disinclination, or (aversion) toward something (''a leader averse to war''; ''an investor averse to risk taking''). ''Averse'' is most often used with "''to''" in a construction like "''I am averse to…''". ''Adverse shows up less often in this type of construction, describing a person instead of a thing, and should carry a meaning of "actively opposed to" rather than "has an aversion to".


    * (having a repugnance) disliking, disinclined, fromward, unwilling, reluctant, loath

    Derived terms

    * aversely * averseness * risk-averse


  • To turn away.
  • See also

    * adverse


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