from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk.
  • n. A source or an instance of risk or peril.
  • n. Obsolete Power, especially power to harm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ability to harm; someone's dominion or power to harm or penalise. See In one's danger, below.
  • n. Liability.
  • n. Difficulty; sparingness.
  • n. Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  • n. A place where one is in the hands of the enemy.
  • n. Exposure to liable harm.
  • n. An instance or cause of liable harm.
  • n. Mischief.
  • v. To claim liability.
  • v. To imperil; to endanger.
  • v. To run the risk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Authority; jurisdiction; control.
  • n. Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty.
  • n. Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity.
  • n. Difficulty; sparingness.
  • n. Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  • transitive v. To endanger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put in hazard; expose to loss or injury; endanger.
  • n. Power; jurisdiction; domain; hence, ability to mulct or injure: as, to come within his danger.
  • n. Peril; risk; hazard; exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil: as, there is no danger.
  • n. Reserve; doubt; hesitation; difficulty; resistance.
  • n. Chariness; sparingness; stint.
  • n. Injury; harm; damage.
  • n. In old forest-law, a duty paid by a tenant to a lord for leave to plow and sow in the time of pannage or mast-feeding. Also leave-silver.
  • n. Synonyms Danger, Peril, Jeopardy, insecurity. Danger is the generic word, and is freely used for exposure of all degrees of seriousness: as, to be in danger of catching cold or of being killed. Peril represents a serious matter, a great and imminent danger. Jeopardy is less common; it has essentially the same meaning as peril. See risk, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  • n. the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
  • n. a dangerous place
  • n. a cause of pain or injury or loss


Middle English daunger, power, dominion, peril, from Old French dangier, from Vulgar Latin *dominiārium, authority, power, from Latin dominium, sovereignty, from dominus, lord, master; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English daunger ("power, dominion, peril"), from Anglo-Norman dangier, from Old French dangier, alteration of Old French dongier (due to association with Latin damnum ("damage")) from Vulgar Latin *domniārium (“authority, power”) from Latin dominus ("lord, master"). (Wiktionary)



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