from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put in hazard; expose to loss or injury; endanger.
  • noun Power; jurisdiction; domain; hence, ability to mulct or injure: as, to come within his danger.
  • noun Peril; risk; hazard; exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil: as, there is no danger.
  • noun Reserve; doubt; hesitation; difficulty; resistance.
  • noun Chariness; sparingness; stint.
  • noun Injury; harm; damage.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Authority; jurisdiction; control.
  • noun obsolete Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty.
  • noun Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity.
  • noun obsolete Difficulty; sparingness.
  • noun obsolete Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  • noun 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.”
  • noun [Obs.] to cause danger.
  • transitive verb obsolete To endanger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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