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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Adventure, n. (Usually aduen-.) Also: adventur, -uir, -our, -er. [Later form of Aventure, corr. to e.m.E. adventure (1523).] Chance, risk, accident. In all adventure, for all emergencies. 1492 Myll Spect. Asl. MS. I. 285/3.
He maid the dochter … to be put in a veschell allane to the aduentur of the see
1535 Stewart 36297.
How Donewaldus … Throw aduenture … Into ane schip … wes brokin on ane sand
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 834.
Greit conquerouris, I ȝow assure, Hes hapnit siclike aduenture
1562-3 Winȝet II. 4/22.
In al aduentuir airmis he his folkis
1622-6 Bisset II. 233/4.
Gif they gae at adventour of the seæ to fecht
Ib. 248/34.
Gif the schip … be hurte be any adventour

b. Be adventure, by accident. 1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xlix.
Be adventure [he] liftet up ane see-tangle
a1586 Maitl. Geneal. Setoun 8.
If onie … be aduentur fall in pouertie
1622-6 Bisset II. 232/32.
All schipis … quhen thay gæ to wrak be adventoure on the costis of Bartanȝe

c. In adventure, lest; in adventures, on the chance that. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 58.
The nobillis … concludit to suffir nane of Durstus blude to regne above thaim, in adventure that sum of thame suld revenge his slauchter
1562-3 Winȝet I. 3/10.
We will nocht speir, in aduentuir ȝe be crabit, gif ȝe beleue … the resurrectioun
a1578 Pitsc. I. 155/17.
[He] gart the laif of his airmé come in sight of the castell … in adventeris gif the Inglischmen wald haue gevin battell

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