- liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
- an instance or cause of peril; menace.
- Obsolete. power; jurisdiction; domain.
Origin of danger
- damn (used euphemistically).
Origin of dang
Examples from the Web for danger
Kickstarter is one start-up platform that seems to have realized the danger.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
He remained as hopeful as ever that he would himself join the NYPD, whatever the danger.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
They work in a world filled with a sense—real or imagined—of danger lurking around each corner and every hallway.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?
December 22, 2014
The actions of North Korea this week should also send a clear message about the danger of this regime.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Hornbuckle, on the other hand, says the policy will not put Native American nations in danger.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
But the Lacedæmonians make it a rule never to speak of danger from their slaves.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
When you get back, if you get a chance to see him privately, you may tell him there is no danger of that.Brave and Bold
Dost think I can let thee go into a danger I do not partake?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She evidently preferred facing any danger to parting with her child.Explorations in Australia
- the state of being vulnerable to injury, loss, or evil; risk
- a person or thing that may cause injury, pain, etc
- obsolete power
- in danger of liable to
- on the danger list critically ill in hospital
Word Origin and History for danger
mid-13c., "power of a lord or master, jurisdiction," from Anglo-French daunger, Old French dangier "power, power to harm, mastery, authority, control" (12c., Modern French danger), alteration (due to assoc. with damnum) of dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominarium "power of a lord," from Latin dominus "lord, master" (see domain).
Modern sense of "risk, peril" (from being in the control of someone or something else) evolved first in French and was in English late 14c. Replaced Old English pleoh; in early Middle English this sense is found in peril.
1793, euphemism for damn.