- Danger is defined as a possibility that something harmful or unpleasant will happen, or a person or thing that causes harm.
- When you are alone in a bad neighborhood late at night, this is an example of a time when you are in danger.
- A drunk driver is an example of a danger.
- liability to injury, damage, loss or pain; peril: to live in constant danger
- a thing that may cause injury, pain, etc.
- Obsolete power of a lord, esp. to harm
Origin of dangerMiddle English daunger, power, domination, arrogance ; from Old French danger, absolute power of an overlord ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form dominarium ; from Classical Latin dominium, lordship ; from dominus, a master: see dominate
- Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk.
- A source or an instance of risk or peril.
- Obsolete Power, especially power to harm.
Origin of dangerMiddle 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.
- Exposure to liable harm.
- "Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" (William Hazlitt, Table talk).
- 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).
- "We put a Sting in him, / That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2:1:17).
(third-person singular simple present dangers, present participle dangering, simple past and past participle dangered)
- (obsolete) To claim liability.
- (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
- (obsolete) To run the risk.