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(1)   A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
"He saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"
"There was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
(2)   A dangerous place
"He moved out of danger"
(3)   The condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
"You are in no danger"
"There was widespread danger of disease"
(4)   A cause of pain or injury or loss
"He feared the dangers of traveling by air"


daunger "power, dominion, peril" from dangier from dangier, alteration of dongier (infl by dam "damage") from } "authority, power" from dominus "lord, master". Displaced native pliht, plight "danger" (from pliht "danger, peril, risk", cf plēon "to risk"), frese "danger, fear" (from or akin to frēsa "peril, fear"), wathe "peril, hurt" (from vāði "peril, hurt").


  1. Able to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. See In one's danger, below.
    "You stand within his danger, do you not?" (Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, 4:1:180)
  2. Difficulty; sparingness.
  3. Coyness; disdainful behavior.
  4. A place where one is in the hands of the enemy.
  5. Exposure to liable harm.
    "Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" (William Hazlitt, Table talk).
  6. An instance or cause of liable harm.
    "Two territorial questions..unsettled..each of which was a positive danger to the peace of Europe" (Times, 5 Sept. 3/2).
  7. Mischief.
    "We put a Sting in him, / That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2:1:17).


  1. To claim liability.
  2. To imperil; to endanger.
  3. To run the risk.


  1. danger
  2. jeopardy (danger of loss, harm, or failure)