Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who attempts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who attempts; one who essays anything.
  • n. An assailant; also, a temper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who attempts, tries, or endeavors.
  • n. One who attacks or assails; an assailant.
  • n. A tempter. Milton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who tries

Etymologies

From attempt +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A mathematics prodigy and professor, and attempter of suicide.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • He is a DJ, a good dancer and an attempter of suicide.

    Backslide

  • What vestigia, what remembrances, but such as will inspire abhorrence of the attempter?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Thou art apprehensive, that the lady is now truly in danger; and it is a miracle, thou tellest me, if she withstand such an attempter! — ‘Knowing what we know of the sex, thou sayest, thou shouldst dread, wert thou me, to make further trial, lest thou shouldst succeed.’

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I — “But such of our sex as can thus give up their virtue, ought to expect no better: for he that sticks not at one bad action, will not scruple at another to vindicate himself: and so, devil-like, become the attempter and the accuser too!”

    Pamela

  • In the long run they merely pervert and spoil the fibre of the attempter, without really benefiting the attemptee.

    Tatterdemalion

  • The attempt to intimidate had ignobly failed, and had recoiled upon the attempter.

    To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative

  • The generous attempter must be reminded of the powers he has within him, perhaps yet unexercised; with cheering sounds his progress must be encouraged; and, above all, the director of the course must take care not to tax him beyond his strength.

    Thoughts on Man: His Nature, Productions, and Discoveries

  • Thou art apprehensive, that the lady is now truly in danger; and it is a miracle, thou tellest me, if she withstand such an attempter!

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 3

  • For, I think, when one of our sex finds she is attempted, it is an encouragement to the attempter to proceed, if one puts one's self in the way of it, when one can help it: 'Tis neither more nor less than inviting him to think that one forgives, what, in short, ought not to be forgiven:

    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

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