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[deyn-jer] /ˈdeɪn dʒər/
liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
an instance or cause of peril; menace.
Obsolete. power; jurisdiction; domain.
Origin of danger
1175-1225; Middle English da(u)nger < Anglo-French; Old French dangier, alteration of dongier (by influence of dam damage) < Vulgar Latin *domniārium, equivalent to Latin domini(um) dominion + -ārium, neuter of -ārius -ary
Related forms
dangerless, adjective
superdanger, noun
1. Danger, hazard, peril, jeopardy imply harm that one may encounter. Danger is the general word for liability to all kinds of injury or evil consequences, either near at hand and certain, or remote and doubtful: to be in danger of being killed. Hazard suggests a danger that one can foresee but cannot avoid: A mountain climber is exposed to many hazards. Peril usually denotes great and imminent danger: The passengers on the disabled ship were in great peril. Jeopardy, a less common word, has essentially the same meaning as peril, but emphasizes exposure to the chances of a situation: To save his friend he put his life in jeopardy.


[dang] /dæŋ/
verb (used with object), adjective, noun
damn (used euphemistically).
1780-90 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for danger
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  • She thought there was some danger on account of the dollars.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Dost think I can let thee go into a danger I do not partake?

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Jarvis was still tense, poised to respond to the first signal of danger.

    Operation Lorelie William P. Salton
  • They are barren, till the imagination has tenanted them with possibilities of danger and dismay.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • At that sound Lorand began to realize the danger that threatened the whole household.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for danger


the state of being vulnerable to injury, loss, or evil; risk
a person or thing that may cause injury, pain, etc
(obsolete) power
in danger of, liable to
on the danger list, critically ill in hospital
Derived Forms
dangerless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: daunger power, hence power to inflict injury, from Old French dongier (from Latin dominium ownership) blended with Old French dam injury, from Latin damnum


interjection, adverb, adjective
a euphemistic word for damn (sense 1), damn (sense 2), damn (sense 3), damn (sense 4)
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Word Origin and History for danger

mid-13c., "power of a lord or master, jurisdiction," from Anglo-French daunger, Old French dangier "power, power to harm, mastery, authority, control" (12c., Modern French danger), alteration (due to assoc. with damnum) of dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominarium "power of a lord," from Latin dominus "lord, master" (see domain).

Modern sense of "risk, peril" (from being in the control of someone or something else) evolved first in French and was in English late 14c. Replaced Old English pleoh; in early Middle English this sense is found in peril.


1793, euphemism for damn.

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Slang definitions & phrases for danger



(also danged) Wretched; nasty; accursed


Absolutely; extremely: You looked dang silly/ ''Purchase what the customer intends to buy?'' ''Dang right''


(also dang it) An exclamation of disappointment, irritation, frustration, etc: Dang, we missed the Welk show

[1840+; a euphemism for damn, which is regarded by some as taboo]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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