Meaning of DANGER in English


— dangerless , adj.

/dayn"jeuhr/ , n.

1. liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.

2. an instance or cause of peril; menace.

3. Obs. power; jurisdiction; domain.

[ 1175-1225; ME da ( u ) nger dangier, alter. of dongier (by influence of dam DAMAGE) domniarium, equiv. to L domini ( um ) DOMINION + -arium, neut. of -arius -ARY ]

Syn. 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.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .