One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a word or phrase) expressing opposition or antithesis.
- ‘The French ‘cela dit’ is adversative, whereas the English ‘that is to say’ conveys equivalency.’
- ‘This article will deal with a series of adversative conjunctions.’
- ‘Davie qualifies bold assertions and subordinate escape-clauses, paradoxical epithets and sentences opening with an adversative link.’
- ‘A paraphrase may be achieved by taking two short sentences and joining them together with an adversative connector.’
- ‘In Russian, there are three adversative conjunctions.’
Late Middle English: from French adversatif, -ive or late Latin adversativus, from Latin adversari ‘oppose’, from adversus (see adverse).
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