peradventure


Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to peradventure: precariously, latter

per·ad·ven·ture

 (pûr′əd-vĕn′chər, pĕr′-)
adv. Archaic
Perhaps; perchance.
n.
Chance or uncertainty; doubt.

[Middle English per aventure, from Old French, by chance : per, through (from Latin; see per) + aventure, chance; see adventure.]

peradventure

(pərədˈvɛntʃə; ˌpɜːr-)
adv
by chance; perhaps
n
chance, uncertainty, or doubt
[C13: from Old French par aventure by chance]

per•ad•ven•ture

(ˌpɜr ədˈvɛn tʃər, ˌpɛr-)

n.
1. chance, doubt, or uncertainty.
2. surmise.
adv.
3. Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.
[1250–1300; Middle English per aventure < Old French. See per, adventure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peradventure - doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case; "this proves beyond peradventure that he is innocent"
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
Adv.1.peradventure - by chanceperadventure - by chance; "perhaps she will call tomorrow"; "we may possibly run into them at the concert"; "it may peradventure be thought that there never was such a time"
Translations

peradventure

adv (old: = perhaps) → vielleicht; if/lest peradventurefalls
References in classic literature ?
In life but few of them would have helped the whale, I ween, if peradventure he had needed it; but upon the banquet of his funeral they most piously do pounce.
My finger, pointed at this man, would have hurled him from his pulpit into a dungeon, thence, peradventure, to the gallows
Sir, said Launcelot, I may as well find in my heart for to forbear him at this time, for he hath had travail enough this day, and when a good knight doth so well upon some day, it is no good knight's part to let him of his worship, and, namely, when he seeth a knight hath done so great labour; for peradventure, said Sir Launcelot, his quarrel is here this day, and peradventure he is best beloved with this lady of all that be here, for I see well he paineth himself and enforceth him to do great deeds, and therefore, said Sir Launcelot, as for me, this day he shall have the honour; though it lay in my power to put him from it, I would not.
My father, if a strong man can be found to do battle for my cause with sword and spear, according to the custom of the Nazarenes, and that within the lists of Templestowe, on the third day from this time, peradventure our fathers' God will give him strength to defend the innocent, and her who hath none to help her.
Yet he was capable of knowing beyond all peradventure of a doubt that three bones are more than two bones, and that ten dogs compose a more redoubtable host than do two dogs.
Containing such grave matter, that the reader cannot laugh once through the whole chapter, unless peradventure he should laugh at the author.
But the name of that family, Davie, boy, is the name you bear -- Balfours of Shaws: an ancient, honest, reputable house, peradventure in these latter days decayed.
The Sheriff thought he discovered, in the winner of the golden arrow, the person of Robin Hood without peradventure.
we shall find him changed into a broken down old man, with garnet nose and eyes that slobber; we shall find him extended on some lawn, whence he will look at us with a languid eye and peradventure will not recognize us.
What could the worthy captain do, to console the tender-hearted old squaw, and, peradventure, to save the venerable patriarch from a curtain lecture?
The feeling, from being morbid, was changed to a healthful and active desire to emulate the character, the condition, and, peradventure, the wealth of their ancestors also.
Only," continued the postmaster, "if you will put up with a little carriage I have, I will harness an old blind horse who has still his legs left, and peradventure will draw you to the house of M.