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or emprize

[em-prahyz] /ɛmˈpraɪz/
an adventurous enterprise.
knightly daring or prowess.
Origin of emprise
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of feminine of empris (past participle of emprendre to undertake), equivalent to em- em-1 + pris taken (see prize1) Unabridged
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  • If I should find her there, my emprise would be easy indeed; at all events, easier than I had anticipated.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • He is coming so much nearer that he understands her emprise.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • A smattering of the irregular verbs will not much avail him in that emprise.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • I felt fresh as if I had slept; my nerves were strung for emprise.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Heavy as the burden of this emprise is it seems to have shifted its weight to thy shoulders.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
  • Unless this emprise succeeds he is never like to rule in Mondolfo.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • One has the sense at times of spying from ambush upon a promise of emprise and some great gain.

  • This time her foot was not withdrawn, and he felt that his emprise was rewarded.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • At the court he affixed his challenge, and maintained this emprise in tilt and tourney.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • True, I walked in the paths of pensive thought; but it was only to think of John--Blount and of the emprise we had in hand.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey Charles MacFarlane
British Dictionary definitions for emprise


noun (archaic)
a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
chivalrous daring or prowess
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emprise

c.1300, "chivalrous endeavor," from Old French emprise (12c.) "enterprise, venture, adventure, undertaking," from Vulgar Latin *imprensa (source of Provençal empreza, Spanish empresa, Italian impresa), from *imprendere "to undertake," from in- + prehendere "to take" (see prehensile). Archaic in English; in French now with a literal sense "a hold, a grip."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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