adventurous


adventurous
adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy denote in common courting danger or exposing oneself to danger in a greater degree than is required for courage.
One who is adventurous is inclined to adventure; the word may or may not imply indiscretion or imprudence in incurring risk or hazard
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a mind active, ambitious, and adventurous . . . always aspiring— Johnson

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adventurous boys . . . climbed, shouting and laughing, over the rafters— Anderson

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Venturesome frequently implies an excessive tendency to take chances
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in 1919 Alcock and Brown undertook the first and highly venturesome crossing of the Atlantic by air— Manchester Guardian

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Daring heightens the implication of fearlessness
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a daring pilot in extremity, pleased with the danger, when the waves went high— Dryden

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Daredevil implies ostentation in daring and is often specifically applied to stunts performed for hire as a public spectacle or to their performers
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a daredevil acrobat

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Rash implies imprudent hastiness or boldness in word or action; reckless, utter heedlessness or carelessness of consequences
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we must detain him . . . . If we do not I am convinced Austin will do something rash that he will for ever repent— Meredith

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a reckless disregard of the future

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reckless audacity came to be considered courage— Derek Patmore

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Foolhardy implies a foolish daring or recklessness and may be used of persons or of their acts
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the perfectly foolhardy feat of swimming the flood— Sinclair Lewis

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Analogous words: audacious, bold, intrepid, doughty (see BRAVE): aspiring, panting (see AIM vb): *ambitious, emulous
Antonyms: unadventurous: cautious

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  • adventurous — index aleatory (perilous), imprudent, impulsive (rash) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • adventurous — (adj.) mid 14c., hazardous (also occurring by chance, late 14c.), from O.Fr. aventuros chance, accidental, fortuitous; of persons, devoted to adventure (Mod.Fr. aventureux), from aventure (see ADVENTURE (Cf. adventure)). Sense evolution is… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • adventurous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ open to or involving new or daring methods or experiences. DERIVATIVES adventurously adverb adventurousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • adventurous — [ad ven′chər əs, ədven′chər əs] adj. [ME aventurous < OFr aventuros < aventure, ADVENTURE] 1. fond of adventure; willing to take chances; daring 2. full of danger; risky adventurously adv. adventurousness n …   English World dictionary

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