1. the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury;
- Example: "you are in no danger"
- Example: "there was widespread danger of disease"
2. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury;
- Example: "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"
- Example: "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
[syn: risk, peril, danger]
3. a cause of pain or injury or loss;
- Example: "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
4. a dangerous place;
- Example: "He moved out of danger"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Danger \Dan"ger\, n. [OE. danger, daunger, power, arrogance, refusal, difficulty, fr. OF. dagier, dongier (with same meaning), F. danger danger, fr. an assumed LL. dominiarium power, authority, from L. dominium power, property. See Dungeon, Domain, Dame.] 1. Authority; jurisdiction; control. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In dangerhad he . . . the young girls. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. [Obs.] See In one's danger, below. [1913 Webster] You stand within his danger, do you not? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in dangerof this statute. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 3. Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity. [1913 Webster] 4. Difficulty; sparingness. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 5. Coyness; disdainful behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In one's danger, in one's power; liable to a penalty to be inflicted by him. [Obs.] This sense is retained in the proverb, "Out of debt out of danger." [1913 Webster] Those rich man in whose debt and danger they be not. --Robynson (More's Utopia). To do danger, to cause danger. [Obs.] --Shak. Syn: Peril; hazard; risk; jeopardy. Usage: Danger, Peril, Hazard, Risk, Jeopardy. Danger is the generic term, and implies some contingent evil in prospect. Peril is instant or impending danger; as, in peril of one's life. Hazard arises from something fortuitous or beyond our control; as, the hazard of the seas. Risk is doubtful or uncertain danger, often incurred voluntarily; as, to risk an engagement. Jeopardy is extreme danger. Danger of a contagious disease; the perils of shipwreck; the hazards of speculation; the risk of daring enterprises; a life brought into jeopardy. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Danger \Dan"ger\, v. t. To endanger. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
DANGER, n. A savage beast which, when it sleeps, Man girds at and despises, But takes himself away by leaps And bounds when it arises. Ambat DelasoMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "danger": dangerous ground, desultoriness, emergency, exigency, hazard, in danger of, infirmity, insecurity, insolidity, instability, insubstantiality, jeopardy, menace, pass, peril, perilousness, precariousness, precipice, risk, riskiness, shakiness, shiftiness, shiftingness, slipperiness, speculativeness, thin ice, threat, ticklishness, treacherousness, treachery, unauthenticity, unauthoritativeness, undependability, unfaithworthiness, unreliability, unsolidity, unsoundness, unsteadfastness, unsteadiness, unsubstantiality, unsureness, untrustworthiness