The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Risk \Risk\, n. [F. risque; cf. It. risco, risico, rischio, Pg.
risco, Sp. riesgo, and also Sp. risco a steep rock; all
probably fr. L. resceare to cut off; pref. re- re- + secare
to cut; -- the word having been probably first used among
sailors. See Section.]
1. Hazard; danger; peril; exposure to loss, injury, or
The imminent and constant risk of assassination, a
risk which has shaken very strong nerves.
2. (Com.) Hazard of loss; liabillity to loss in property.
To run a risk, to incur hazard; to encounter danger.
Syn: Danger; hazard; peril; jeopardy; exposure. See Danger.