dan·​ger | \ˈdān-jər \

Definition of danger 

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1a archaic : jurisdiction You stand within his danger, do you not?— Shakespeare

b obsolete : reach, range … out of the shot and danger of desire.— Shakespeare

2 obsolete : harm, damage … a sting in him that at his will he may do danger with.— Shakespeare

3 : exposure or liability to injury, pain, harm, or loss a place where children could play without danger was assured her job was not in danger

4 : a case or cause of danger the dangers of mining



Definition of danger (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for danger

Synonyms: Noun

distress, endangerment, harm's way, imperilment, jeopardy, peril, risk, trouble

Antonyms: Noun

safeness, safety, secureness, security

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danger, hazard, and risk mean a chance of loss, injury, or death. danger is used for a harm that may or may not be avoided. This animal is in danger of extinction. hazard is usually used for a great danger. They're trying to reduce the hazards of mining. risk is used for a chance of danger that a person accepts. There are risks that come with flying a plane.

Examples of danger in a Sentence


I was unaware of the danger that lay ahead. She was fearless in the face of danger. The sign on the door read “Danger. Keep out.” There's less danger that you'll lose your money if you have a wide variety of investments. There's a danger that your apology will be taken as a sign of weakness. The danger is that we'll become careless as the process becomes more familiar. It's important to teach your children about the dangers of smoking. Here is a list of possible dangers associated with the procedure. We believe it poses a serious danger to our national security.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The real danger doesn’t come from just one instance of oxygen deprivation, but from the fact that this is becoming an annual occurrence. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Annual 'Suffocations' Are the Forest Fires of the Ocean," 30 Oct. 2018 Everyone fighting over who katherine langford is going to be in avengers 4 has me WEAK LMFOAJSJS watch her turn out to be some irrelevant barista running away from danger because the hulk destroyed her cafe. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "People Think Katherine Langford Will Play Hawkeye in "Avengers 4"," 29 Oct. 2018 But besides the life-threatening dangers and ongoing investigations, the biggest cliffhanger surrounds one of the show’s favorite characters: Where in the world is Hetty!? Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Ignites Panic Over Hetty's Mysterious Disappearance," 28 Oct. 2018 Forest Service Director Jim Karels said the danger grows as the debris dries. Fox News, "Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble," 19 Oct. 2018 And yet, a year later, as dozens of cisgendered women are given magazine covers and major platforms to discuss their trauma, there has been little to no coverage of the clear and present dangers our trans sisters face. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 Trust your instincts, your natural, innate, amygdala and reptilian-brained instincts, thousands of years old, that respond without thinking to the stress, threat, or danger intrinsically felt by all animals. Polo Tate, Marie Claire, "Sexual Assault in the Military: One Woman's True Story," 8 Aug. 2018 Despite the potentially hazardous situation, police told the outlet passengers were never in any danger. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "American tourist allegedly tries to take 'souvenir' WWI artillery shell on plane," 11 July 2018 Photo by Jenny Staletovicch The lake is ringed by an aging earthen dike that in 2008 was found to be in imminent danger of failing. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the proximity to danger in Taesung is mixed with an odd sense of security. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "As North Korea Tensions Rise, Farming in the Demilitarized Zone Goes On," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of danger


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for danger


Middle English daunger, from Anglo-French dangier, dongier, from Vulgar Latin *dominiarium, from Latin dominium ownership


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English Language Learners Definition of danger

: the possibility that you will be hurt or killed

: the possibility that something unpleasant or bad will happen

: a person or thing that is likely to cause injury, pain, harm, or loss


dan·​ger | \ˈdān-jər \

Kids Definition of danger

1 : the state of not being protected from harm or evil : peril With my cat around, the mice are in danger.

2 : something that may cause injury or harm Astronauts brave the dangers of space travel.

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