• Danger


    • UK IPA: /ˈdeɪn.dÊ’É™(ɹ)/
    • US IPA: /ˈdeɪndÊ’Éš/
    • Rhymes: -eɪndÊ’É™(ɹ)


    From Middle English daunger ("power, dominion, peril"), from Anglo-Norman dangier, from Old French dangier, alteration of Old French dongier (due to association with Latin damnum ("damage")) from Vulgar Latin *domniārium ("authority, power") from Latin dominus ("lord, master").


    Full definition of danger



    (plural dangers)
    1. (obsolete) Ability to harm; someone's dominion or power to harm or penalise. See In one's danger, below."You stand within his danger, do you not?" (Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, 4:1:180)
      • Robynson (More's Utopia)Covetousness of gains hath brought them in danger of this statute.
    2. (obsolete) Liability.
      • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew V:Thou shalt not kyll. Whosoever shall kyll, shalbe in daunger of iudgement.
    3. (obsolete) Difficulty; sparingness.
    4. (obsolete) Coyness; disdainful behavior.
    5. (obsolete) A place where one is in the hands of the enemy.
    6. Exposure to liable harm."Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" (William Hazlitt, Table talk).
    7. An instance or cause of liable harm."Two territorial questions..unsettled..each of which was a positive danger to the peace of Europe" (Times, 5 Sept. 3/2).
    8. Mischief."We put a Sting in him,
      That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare,
      Julius Caesar, 2:1:17).


    Derived terms


    1. (obsolete) To claim liability.
    2. (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
    3. (obsolete) To run the risk.
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