- 1. The state or condition of being contrary or opposed; opposition, contrariety. Obs.
- 2. The condition of adverse fortune; a state opposed to well-being or prosperity; misfortune, distress, trial, or affliction. (The earliest sense in English)
- 3. An adverse circumstance; a misfortune, calamity, trial.
- 4. Contrariness of nature; perversity. (In Shak. = perverse one, quibbler.) Obs.