emprize








noun

  1. an adventurous enterprise.
  2. knightly daring or prowess.

noun archaic

  1. a chivalrous or daring enterprise; adventure
  2. chivalrous daring or prowess
n.

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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