One of the meanings of the word adventure is "exciting or remarkable experience", e.g.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • They were looking for adventure.
  • Working with children can be a fascinating adventure.

Smith & Hall's gives facinus, but it means just "a deed", which is far from "an adventure". Are there any better ways to express?

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    For Alice's Adventures in Wonderland translation into Latin the title set was "Alicia in Terra Mirabili" without a literal translation of the word adventure. Translations of titles have many different reasons for taking their final form in another language, though might adventure be best expressed and the words of the title read better in Latin, by having the word adventure made implicit with the story taking place in a wonderland?
    – fantome
    Commented Aug 11, 2023 at 1:45
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    @Kotoba Trily Ngian: You might need to define the nature of the "adventure". The "Alice-in-Wonderland" thing is a fantasy (Latin, "phantasia"); "looking for adventure" could mean anything: a war, a Virgin-Atlantic flight into space, a walk through the Amazon jungle ("iter" = "journey", might be a good one); "working with children" is hard work which can be rewarding ("praemium").
    – tony
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 8:19
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    I doubt whether the various senses of English adventure could be captured in a single Latin word. What comes to mind: acta, iter, Odyssia, excursio.
    – Cerberus
    Commented Aug 13, 2023 at 23:48
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    Just noticed that a translation for adventure was specified in latin.stackexchange.com/questions/7424/…
    – fantome
    Commented Apr 27 at 14:42

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The English word “journey” is pretty close in meaning to the word “adventure”. Journey in Latin is “iter”. That’s the closest Latin word I can think of for adventure.

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    Can you add to your answer a discussion on how well this works for the three examples in the question?
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Aug 7, 2023 at 6:06

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