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adventurous

[ad-ven-cher-uh s] /ædˈvɛn tʃər əs/
adjective
1.
inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
2.
full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous:
an adventurous undertaking.
Origin of adventurous
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French
Related forms
adventurously, adverb
adventurousness, noun
nonadventurous, adjective
nonadventurously, adverb
nonadventurousness, noun
unadventurous, adjective
unadventurously, adverb
unadventurousness, noun
Synonyms
1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome.
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  • On the contrary, I run my head into each danger most adventurously.

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • For he was adventurously happy in his propinquity to that simple and sincere creature.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • "We'll risk it," John declared, adventurously; and the children echoed his enthusiasm with joy.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • He still wanted her adventurously, but her adventure was not the adventure of siege and capture but of peaceful holding.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • True type of the British sailor, he had the physique of a strong man and the adventurously cheerful expression of a boy.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • Cherokee roses starred the hedges, or, adventurously climbing the highest trees, flung downward graceful pendants.

    Memories Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
  • A part of his life had been adventurously spent, and he had participated in the Mexican war.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Merely to have helped to stamp the gold which other people had adventurously found was by no means a part of my youthful dreams.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • We found out by-and-by that the walks we thought so adventurously long were little walks.

    My Little Sister Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for adventurously

adventurous

/ədˈvɛntʃərəs/
adjective
1.
Also adventuresome. daring or enterprising
2.
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Forms
adventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adventurously

adventurous

adj.

mid-14c., "hazardous" (also "occurring by chance," late 14c.), from Old French aventuros "chance, accidental, fortuitous;" of persons, "devoted to adventure" (Modern French aventureux), from aventure (see adventure (n.)). Sense evolution is through "rash, risk-taking" (c.1400), "daring, fond of adventure" (mid-15c.).

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