Definitions for: Danger


[n] a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
[n] a dangerous place; "He moved out of danger"
[n] the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
[n] a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]

In dangerhad he . . . the young girls. --Chaucer.

2. Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. [Obs.]
See In one's danger, below.

You stand within his danger, do you not? --Shak.

Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in
dangerof this statute. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

3. Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril;
risk; insecurity.

4. Difficulty; sparingness. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

5. Coyness; disdainful behavior. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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.''

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.


Dan"ger, v. t.
To endanger. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: peril, risk

Antonyms: safety

See Also: area, causal agency, causal agent, cause, chance, clear and present danger, condition, country, exposure, gamble, hazard, hazardousness, insecurity, jeopardy, menace, peril, perilousness, powder keg, risk, riskiness, status, threat, venture, vulnerability

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