I was often compelled, by the dangerousness of the way, to deviate considerably from the direction I wished to pursue.
It was not his intelligence which he thought we underrated, but his dangerousness.
The dangerousness may either lie in the nature of a person or thing, or be imposed upon it.
The dangerousness, the excitingness, of being rich struck Mr. Prohack very forcibly.
All sorts of stories are told about the dangerousness of breathing frosty air directly into the lungs.
All their plottings, their threats, their dangerousness dissipated like mist before the command of this one resolute man.
The injuries seemed to be all internal; but of their seriousness or dangerousness the physician could not yet judge.
After the microbe has been found and named his dangerousness remains unattenuated.
The dangerousness of their characters first began to reveal itself after they had become dangerous by their present position.
She was the while experiencing anxious thoughts as to the dangerousness of Dorlan's wound.
early 13c., "difficult, arrogant, severe" (the opposite of affable), from Anglo-French dangerous, Old French dangeros (12c., Modern French dangereux), from danger (see danger).
In Chaucer, it means "hard to please, reluctant to give;" sense of "full of danger, risky" is from late 15c. Other words used in this sense included dangersome (1560s), dangerful (1540s). Related: Dangerously.