liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
an instance or cause of peril; menace.
Obsolete. power; jurisdiction; domain.

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

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.
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verb (used with object), adjective, noun
damn (used euphemistically).


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dang (dæŋ)
interj, —adv, —adj
damn damn damn a euphemistic word for damn

danger (ˈdeɪndʒə)
1.  the state of being vulnerable to injury, loss, or evil; risk
2.  a person or thing that may cause injury, pain, etc
3.  obsolete power
4.  in danger of liable to
5.  on the danger list critically ill in hospital
[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]

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Word Origin & History

1793, euphemism for damn.

early 13c., "power of a lord or master, jurisdiction," from Anglo-Fr. daunger, O.Fr. dangier "power to harm, mastery," alteration (due to assoc. with damnum) of dongier, from V.L. *dominarium "power of a lord," from L. 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 O.E. pleoh; in early M.E. this sense is found in peril.
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Example sentences
All three of these situation increase the danger of food poisonings.
Insurance companies see danger from extreme weather.
These squid are large enough to be a potential danger to human divers.
Even before they've hatched, red-eyed tree frogs have a nose for danger.
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