- 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: Middle 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
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- Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk.
- A source or an instance of risk or peril.
- Obsolete Power, especially power to harm.
Origin: 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.