Averse vs Pink - What's the difference?

averse | pink |

As an adjective averse

is having a repugnance or opposition of mind.

As a verb averse

is to turn away.

As a proper noun pink is


As a noun pink is

(slang|derogatory|dated) an operative of the (pinkerton national detective agency).




(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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    (wikipedia pink)

    Etymology 1

    Origin unknown.


    (en noun)
  • (regional) The common minnow,
  • (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar , before it becomes a smolt; a parr.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) pincke.


    (en noun)
  • Etymology 3

    Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.


    (en verb)
  • To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
  • To prick with a sword.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 642:
  • ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
  • To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
  • To choose; to cull; to pick out.
  • (Herbert)


    (en noun)
  • A stab.
  • (Grose)

    Etymology 4

    Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).


    (en noun)
  • Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus , sometimes called carnations.
  • This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks .
  • (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment (of) some quality.
  • Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the very pink of courtesy
  • The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red.
  • My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink .
  • Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters.
  • *1928 , (Siegfried Sassoon), Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man , Penguin 2013, p. 23:
  • *:I had taken it for granted that there would be people ‘in pink ’, but these enormous confident strangers overwhelmed me with the visible authenticity of their brick-red coats.
  • * 1986 , Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry , SUNY, page 69:
  • it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason.
  • (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points.
  • Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink .
  • (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt'', ''bourgeoisie .
  • See also



  • Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
  • Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  • Having conjunctivitis.
  • (obsolete) By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
  • * 1976 : Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis
  • The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
  • (informal) Relating to women or girls.
  • pink-collar; pink job
  • (informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.
  • the pink economy
    pink dollar; pink pound
    Derived terms
    * clove pink * fire pink * hunting pink * in the pink * moss pink * parlor pink, parlour pink * pink bits * pink-collar * pink dollar * pink elephants * pink gin * pinkification * pink lady * pink pound * pink salmon * pink slip * pink snapper * pinkie * pinking shears * pinko * pink of health * pinky * salmon pink * sea pink * shell pink * shocking pink * strike me pink * swamp pink * tickle pink * wild pink


    (en verb)
  • To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
  • Etymology 5



    (en verb)
  • (of a motor car) To emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set ignition timing for the fuel used (in a spark ignition engine).
  • Etymology 6

    (etyl) pinken.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To wink; to blink.
  • (rfquotek, L'Estrange)


  • (obsolete) Half-shut; winking.
  • (Shakespeare)
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