dangerous

adjective
dan·​ger·​ous | \ ˈdān-jə-rəs How to pronounce dangerous (audio) ; ˈdān-jərs, -zhrəs \

Definition of dangerous

1 : involving possible injury, pain, harm, or loss : characterized by danger a dangerous job
2 : able or likely to inflict injury or harm a dangerous man

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Other Words from dangerous

dangerously adverb
dangerousness noun

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dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully. soldiers on a dangerous mission hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure. claims that smoking is hazardous to your health precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty. earned a precarious living by gambling perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger. perilous mountain roads risky often applies to a known and accepted danger. shied away from risky investments

Examples of dangerous in a Sentence

She got into a car accident while driving through a dangerous intersection. He often drives at dangerous speeds. The city can be a dangerous place to live. The storms may cause dangerous flooding. He is wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon. the most dangerous of drugs
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Recent Examples on the Web While the risks of severe complications or death are much higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions, Aylward says COVID-19 is more dangerous for young people than many realize. Amy Gunia, Time, "Millennials Aren't Taking Coronavirus Seriously, a Top WHO Official Warns," 20 Mar. 2020 This could be especially dangerous for those who have chronic medical conditions or live with elderly relatives. Hanna Ingber, New York Times, "My Ex and I Fought About Everything. Then Came the Coronavirus.," 20 Mar. 2020 Besides, relying on seasonality to curb a pandemic can be a dangerous line of thought, says C. Brandon Ogbunu, a computational epidemiologist at Brown University. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Warmer Weather Probably Won’t Stop COVID-19," 20 Mar. 2020 As of Thursday afternoon 19 people in California had died after contracting coronavirus, which is especially dangerous for seniors ad people with preexisting health conditions. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda County approves early release for nearly 250 inmates at Santa Rita Jail," 19 Mar. 2020 His bedtime stories were rich with heroes fighting dangerous forces. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 These efforts are so widespread, they have already been propagandized, in promotional videos wherein drones disperse groups of people playing newly dangerous sidewalk games of mah-jongg. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When the Checkpoints Come," 19 Mar. 2020 The fact is, in a state with so many people afflicted with serious medical conditions, COVID-19 is much more dangerous. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "A million-plus Kentuckians have medical conditions that make them prime coronavirus targets," 18 Mar. 2020 But there's no doubt COVID-19 is more dangerous than the flu, Bessel said. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona's older population could mean more COVID-19 deaths," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of dangerous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangerous

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The first known use of dangerous was in the 15th century

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24 Mar 2020

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“Dangerous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dangerous. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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dangerous

adjective
How to pronounce dangerous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dangerous

: involving possible injury, harm, or death : characterized by danger
: able or likely to cause injury, pain, harm, etc.

dangerous

adjective
dan·​ger·​ous | \ ˈdān-jə-rəs How to pronounce dangerous (audio) , ˈdānj-rəs \

Kids Definition of dangerous

1 : involving possible harm or death : full of danger dangerous work
2 : able or likely to injure A chain saw is a dangerous tool.

Other Words from dangerous

dangerously adverb

dangerous

adjective
dan·​ger·​ous

Legal Definition of dangerous

1 : creating a risk of bodily injury a dangerous condition of a public building
2 : able or likely to inflict especially serious bodily injury a dangerous criminal with no regard for human life a dangerous animal also : deadly
3 : likely to engage in repeated criminal activity a dangerous offender

Note: The activity that an offender is likely to engage in need not involve violence in order for the offender to be deemed dangerous.

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