Etymology of Adventure

Etymology of Adventure



Etymology of Adventure

This word originates from the Latin language, and it came from the phrase ad venire. The Latins, however, changed the meaning and pronounced it as adventurus. The Old French, thereafter, borrowed this word and the term they used was aventure (The etymology Library). The Middle English later borrowed this word from Old French but changed it from aventure to adventure. During the course of this transition, the meanings of the words changed as the word was borrowed from one language to another. In Latin, the term advenire meant “to arrive” while adventurous meant “about to happen”. The Old French term aventure was a noun while the verb was aventurer. The middle English version of adventure means a remarkable or a bold taking event, as well as an occurrence. As seen, the word has changed in terms of meaning and pronunciation to illustrate the impact of socio-cultural factors (Raaflaub, 2016). The study of words is critical because it helps people to understand the meaning and origin, as well as the development of the term.

The word adventure has been used through time since it started in the olden Latin culture. The Latins combined “ad” that means “to” and “venire” meaning “to arrive”. The term has been changed during the transition from one culture to another throughout history to refer to something analogous to the fluke that occurs to anything that contains an inherent risk (The etymology Library). The meaning of “adventure” has developed through risk/hazard, c.1300 to extreme undertakings in the late 14c and thereafter to an exciting incident. Earlier in the 13c era, the word also meant a miracle or an account of spectacular things (Raaflaub, 2016). The German term Abenteuer is one of the borrowings from the French and it apparently distorted by the impact of abend meaning “evening”. The meaning of this term, adventure, has changed as different cultures make adjustments regarding the definition and pronunciation. Throughout its usage, people have used the word in literature, education, media, politics, tourism, as well as other sectors.

The connection of Adventure to the society

The word has been understood by the community to mean exploring different geographical areas. When people say they are going on an adventure, the society thinks that they are going to explore different cultures. A memorable experience is the dream of most members of the society because they believe adventures are enjoyable and thrilling. The word, however, has been perceived to be related to evil deeds. Most people have watched movies and series that indicate the negative consequences of adventure. People have believed that specific experiences are perilous and they ought to bring devastating effects. The youth has perceived adventured to be joyous, and this has influenced most of them to seek for adventurous events. This adventure has inflicted a change in behavior because the youth have shown an increase in the urge to explore. It has increased immorality in the society because adventurous trips make the teens to engage in violent behavior, engage in unprotected sexual intercourse, as well as alcohol and drug abuse.

The word, however, lays an important role in the society or culture because it emphasizes on tourism endeavors. The community members have managed to safeguard their environments to give adventurers a chance to appreciate and enjoy flora and fauna. Most communities have protected their wetlands, forests, mountains, waterfalls, as well as other adventurous resources to pave the way for tourism activities around the society (Cheng, 2017). This has helped communities to earn revenue from tourism, and it has, therefore, facilitated the growth and development of societies. Furthermore, communities have safeguarded their traditions and cultures to help other to visit them to witness their unique art, music, and literature. The word adventure, however, has been misunderstood by many. The mixture of reaction is based on the different cultural beliefs and traditions (Cheng et al., 2016). There are native communities that think that adventures are not epic and they are sinful. Other communities believe that the word encourages immorality because most adventures occur away from home giving the participants a chance to engage in immoral behavior that is unethical according to societal norms, values, traditions, and beliefs.

In the media, the word adventure has been used to indicate the national and state parks that offer adventure. Furthermore, film directors have managed to create and launch documentaries that elaborate more on an adventure. These documentaries have played a significant role in the development of the American film industries and higher education systems. There exists a personal connection to adventure because my family has understood the word as a driver of joyous moments that inflict memorable moments. As a result, the family often goes on adventures every last Saturday of the month. In the family, the word reflects on the unification of the family through an enjoyable event that sparks memories of momentous occasions. The word gives the family members encouragement and motivation to explore more grounds for fun. The primary idea that comes to mind is the ability to tour different areas to have fun and enjoy with the community. The word, therefore, has had an impact on my family and it has led to memorable events.


Cheng, M. (2017). A cross-cultural comparison of East and Western academic literature on adventure tourism. Tourist Studies, 1468797617723472.

Cheng, M., Edwards, D., Darcy, S., & Redfern, K. (2016). A tri-method approach to a review of adventure tourism literature: Bibliometric analysis, content analysis, and a quantitative systematic literature review. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, 1096348016640588.

Raaflaub, K. A. (Ed.). (2016). The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures. John Wiley & Sons.

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