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Origin of endanger

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at en-1, danger
Related formsen·dan·ger·ment, noun

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Related Words for endangerment

peril, risk, jeopardy, hazard, threat, pitfall, imperilment

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Historical Examples of endangerment

  • Leaning far over the counter, to the endangerment of her balance, his employer gave him a smart cuff.

    Scarlett of the Mounted

    Marguerite Merington

  • Contemporaneous history shows that their endangerment proceeded from the statutes against vagrancy.

    The Popham Colony

    William Frederick Poole

British Dictionary definitions for endangerment


  1. (tr) to put in danger or peril; imperil
Derived Formsendangerment, noun
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Word Origin and History for endangerment

1640s, from endanger + -ment.



late 15c., from en- (1) "make, put in" + danger. Related: Endangered; endangering. Endangered species first recorded 1964.

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