danger

[ deyn-jer ]
/ ˈdeɪn dʒər /

noun

liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
an instance or cause of peril; menace.
Obsolete. power; jurisdiction; domain.

Origin of danger

1175–1225; Middle English da(u)nger < Anglo-French; Old French dangier, alteration of dongier (by influence of dam damage) < Vulgar Latin *domniārium, equivalent to Latin domini(um) dominion + -ārium, neuter of -ārius -ary

Related forms

dan·ger·less, adjectivesu·per·dan·ger, noun

Synonym study

1. Danger, hazard, peril, jeopardy imply harm that one may encounter. Danger is the general word for liability to all kinds of injury or evil consequences, either near at hand and certain, or remote and doubtful: to be in danger of being killed. Hazard suggests a danger that one can foresee but cannot avoid: A mountain climber is exposed to many hazards. Peril usually denotes great and imminent danger: The passengers on the disabled ship were in great peril. Jeopardy, a less common word, has essentially the same meaning as peril, but emphasizes exposure to the chances of a situation: To save his friend he put his life in jeopardy.

Definition for danger (2 of 2)

dang

[ dang ]
/ dæŋ /

verb (used with object), adjective, noun

damn (used euphemistically).

Origin of dang

First recorded in 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for danger (1 of 2)

danger

/ (ˈdeɪndʒə) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

dangerless, adjective

Word Origin for danger

C13: daunger power, hence power to inflict injury, from Old French dongier (from Latin dominium ownership) blended with Old French dam injury, from Latin damnum

British Dictionary definitions for danger (2 of 2)

dang

/ (dæŋ) /

interjection, adverb, adjective

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