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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Precursory Measures
 
675. Essay.
 
  
NOUN:ESSAY, trial, endeavor, attempt; aim, struggle, venture, adventure, speculation, coup d’essai [F.], début [F.]; probation (experiment) [See Experiment].
  
VERB:TRY, essay; experiment [See Experiment]; endeavor, strive; tempt, attempt, make an attempt; venture, adventure, speculate, take one’s chance, tempt fortune; try one’s -fortune, - luck, - hand; use one’s endeavor; feel -, grope -, pick- one’s way.
  try hard, push, make a bold push, use one’s best endeavor; do one’s best (exertion) [See Exertion].
  
ADJECTIVE:ESSAYING &c. v.; experimental [See Experiment]; tentative, empirical, problematic or problematical, probationary.
  
ADVERB:EXPERIMENTALLY &c. adj.; on trial, at a venture; by rule of thumb.
  if one may be so bold.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Aut non tentaris aut perfice.—Ovid
  2. Chi non s’arrischia non guadagna.
  3. I’ll try anything once.

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