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Adventure (noun)

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Adve'nture. n.s. [French.]

  1. An accident; a chance; a hazard; an event of which we have no direction.

    The general summoned three castles that were near: one desperate of succour, and not desirous to dispute the defence, presently yielded; but two stood upon their adventure. Sir John Hayward.

  2. In this sense is used the phrase, at all adventures; [à l'adventure, Fr.] By chance; without any rational scheme.

    Blows flew at all adventures, wounds and deaths given and taken unexpected; many scarce knowing their enemies from their friends. Sir John Hayward.

    Where the mind does not perceive this probable connection, there men's opinions are the effects of chance and hazard, of a mind floating at all adventures, without choice and without direction. Locke.

  3. The occasion of casual events; an enterprise in which something must be left to hazard.

    For I must love, and am resolv'd, to try
    My fate, or, failing in th' adventure, die.
    Dryden's Fables.

This noun, with all its derivatives, is frequently written without ad; as, venture, venturous.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Hayward, John (42) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adventure (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 27, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14403.


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