peradventure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv peradventure 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"
    • n peradventure doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case "this proves beyond peradventure that he is innocent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv. & conj Peradventure By chance; perhaps; it may be; if; supposing. "If peradventure he speak against me.""Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city."
    • n Peradventure Chance; hap; hence, doubt; question; as, proved beyond peradventure .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • peradventure Perchance; perhaps; it may be.
    • n peradventure Doubt; question; uncertainty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Peradventure per-ad-vent′ūr by adventure: by chance: perhaps
    • n Peradventure uncertainty: question
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. per aventure, F. par aventure,. See Per, and Adventure

Usage

In literature:

He was now safe from it beyond any possible peradventure, and he began to plan for the future.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
That no mercy would be measured out to them was beyond peradventure.
"The Fifth of November" by Charles S. Bentley
Peradventure the sight of him might serve to bring them to a better way of thinking.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 12, 1890" by Various
They dealt in "wills" and "shalls"; not in "peradventures" or "maybes.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
The fact taught him beyond peradventure of doubt that something was wrong.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
It took no account of the risks of a peradventure.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
God's judgments, peradventure, will He bare To the roots of thunder, if we kneel and sue?
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Peradventure you may hear tidings of me ere long.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
This despatch Sullivan sent instantly to Washington, and the word Cheyney had brought was now made sure beyond peradventure.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
Perhaps a pair of new slippers or, peradventure, a case for your nose?
"Tales from the German" by Various
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In poetry:

Farewell! farewell! the hour has come!
The ship that waits to bear me home
Lies anchored in her berth at bay;
And soon, as dashing through the foam,
And peradventure through the storm,
She'll bear me on my homebound way.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell