Origin of dangerous
Examples from the Web for dangerousness
It was not his intelligence which he thought we underrated, but his dangerousness.Prester John
August paused a moment, checked by a sense of the dangerousness of his undertaking.The End Of The World
He was like an elephant in his hugeness, and suppleness, his dangerousness, and his gentleness.Mount Music
E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
The dangerousness may either lie in the nature of a person or thing, or be imposed upon it.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Never a calf of them will desert to Rawhide, for all their dangerousness; nor I ain't goin' to have any fuss over it.The Virginian
- causing danger; perilous
Word Origin and History for dangerousness
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.