emprise (plural emprises)
- (archaic) An enterprise or endeavor, especially a quest or adventure.
- 1833, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Coplas de Manrique
- the deeds of love and high emprise
- 1867, Dante Alighieri, “Canto II”, in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, transl., The Divine Comedy, volume I (Inferno), Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, OCLC 1081053885, lines 37–42, page 8:
- And as he is, who unwills what he willed, / And by new thoughts doth his intention change, / So that from his design he quite withdraws, / Such I became, upon that dark hillside, / Because, in thinking, I consumed the emprise, / Which was so very prompt in the beginning.
- 1900, William Archer, America To-Day, Observations & Reflections, page 181:
- Nothing short of an imperative sense of duty could tempt me to set forth on that most perilous emprise, a discussion of the American language.
- (archaic) The qualities which prompt one to undertake difficult and dangerous exploits; chivalric prowess.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837:
- I love thy courage yet, and bold emprise; / But here thy sword can do thee little stead.
emprise f (plural emprises)
- “emprise”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.