from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Turned away, especially as an expression of feeling; also, offended; unpropitious.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of avert.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turned away, esp. as an expression of feeling; also, offended; unpropitious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turned away or aside.
  • Specifically, in anat. drawing, having the head of the object turned to the top of the figure. Wilder.


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  • My husband argued in this way: -- If these people had been guilty of a crime, which could not now be ameliorated or averted, it would be a straining point for me to take advantage of what I had learnt by accident and to bring them to justice; but that as in this case a great national trouble _might be averted_, and many lives saved, by timely information, it was my duty to exert myself in the interests of the community by putting a check on their movements.

    The Mysteries of Montreal Being Recollections of a Female Physician

  • A sacrifice by Edgardo Alfonzo advanced the runners, but Jackson again averted trouble by getting Neifi Perez to pop out and striking out pinch hitter Ray Durham.

  • Lincoln has issued a proclamation for a day of thanksgiving for the late victories, and on account of the danger of foreign intervention and invasion having been averted from the country, and had submitted to Congress a new treaty between Great Britain and the United States regarding the suppression of the slave trade.

    Foreign and Colonial News

  • Darbo described as averted thinking that, in this age and time, an African leader can be thinking of converting himself from president to an absolute monarch.

    Gambian Opposition Leader Critical of Bid to Make President Jammeh 'King'

  • Blue Bonnet sighed deeply as she recalled the averted tragedy.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston or, Boarding-School Days at Miss North's

  • An innate horror at the sight of a naked sword averted him from the most just of wars; while his favourite Buckingham practised on his weakness, and his own complacent vanity rendered him an easy dupe of

    The Thirty Years War — Complete

  • Many of our fellow South Louisianans did not experience Hurricane Gustav as a "near miss", or a disaster "averted".

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Never mind that the last sentence above is incoherent, since a disaster is not "averted" if it has already been "created."

    Ellis Weiner: The Way He Douthat Thing He Do

  • Let me guess, this is another eventuality you think Bush has "averted"?

    Finding the limit on Congress's war powers.

  • I don't think "averted" means what you think it means.

    Finding the limit on Congress's war powers.


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