Adventure Definition


from Latin adventurus, future participle of advenire, to arrive.

v. To take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

v. To try the chance; to take the risk.

v. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.

v. To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture.

v. To proceed despite risks.

n. That which happens without design; thus, a chance of danger or loss.

n. Hazard; risk; chance; that of which one has no direction.

n. Participation in hazardous or exciting experiences: the love of adventure.

n. The encountering of risks; a hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking in which hazards are to be encountered and the outcome is staked upon unforeseen events.

n. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.

n. A wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful), an undertaking of a questionable or hazardous nature.

n. An unusual and exciting experience, possibly involving a dangerous activity, journey, experience, etc; or the excitement produced by such activities.


Adventurer, n. An adventurer is someone who enjoys and looks for exciting and dangerous experiences.

Adventurous, n. Inclined to adventure; willing to incur hazard; prone to embark in hazardous enterprise; rashly daring.

Adventurous, n. Full of hazard; attended with risk; exposing to danger; requiring courage; rash.

Adventure Quotes

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

- G. K. Chesterton

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves--in finding themselves.

- André Gide

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

- Helen Keller

A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.

- Bertrand Russell

A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.

- Laurence Sterne

If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.

- Voltaire

If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged.

- Virginia Woolf

Are not the mountains, waves and skies a part of me and of my soul as I of them?

- Lord Byron

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."

- Daniel J. Boorstin

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.

- G. K. Chesterton

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

- Samuel Johnson

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.

- Bertrand Russell

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

- John Steinbeck

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.

- Mark Twain

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

- Lin Yutang

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

- George Bernard Shaw

As long as you're going to think anyway, think big.

- Donald Trump

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

- Babe Ruth

There isn't a person anywhere that ain't capable of doing more than he thinks he can.

- Henry Ford

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

- Henry David Thoreau

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

- John Updike

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.

- Mark Twain

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

- Seneca

Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.

- Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

- Aristotle

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

- Marcus Aurelius

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

- Lyndon B. Johnson

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.

- François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work; But when they seldom come, they wished for come.

- William Shakespeare

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."

- Maya Angelou

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

- Kahlil Gibran

The day, water, sun, moon, night--I do not have to purchase these things with money.

- Plautus

At first a small line of inconceivable splendour emerged on the horizon, which, quickly expanding, the sun appeared in all of his glory, unveiling the whole face of nature, vivifying every colour of the landscape, and sprinkling the dewy earth with glittering light.

- Ann Radcliffe

And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.

- D. H. Lawrence

Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.

- Henry Ward Beecher

For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather, every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.

- George Gissing

The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.

- Joseph Wood Krutch

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die!

- William Woodsworth

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