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or em·prize

  1. an adventurous enterprise.
  2. knightly daring or prowess.
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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)
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Historical Examples

  • Difficult, I hope,500 At least, thou shalt experience that emprize.

    The Iliad of Homer


  • If only knights and ladies might not have grown old, the supremacy of love and its emprize would have been impregnable.

British Dictionary definitions for emprize


noun archaic
  1. a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
  2. chivalrous daring or prowess
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from emprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for emprize



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."

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