- Authority; jurisdiction; control.(Obs)"In dangerhad he . . . the young girls." [Chaucer.]
- Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty.(Obs)In one's danger"You stand within his danger, do you not?" [Shak.]"Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in dangerof this statute." [Robynson (More's Utopia).]
- Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity.
- Difficulty; sparingness.(Obs)
- Coyness; disdainful behavior.(Obs)synonyms: Peril; hazard; risk; jeopardy.
Usage: Danger Peril Hazard Risk Jeopardy. Danger is the generic term, and implies some contingent evil in prospect. Peril is instant or impending danger; as, in peril of one's life. Hazard arises from something fortuitous or beyond our control; as, the hazard of the seas. Risk is doubtful or uncertain danger, often incurred voluntarily; as, to risk an engagement. Jeopardy is extreme danger. Danger of a contagious disease; the perils of shipwreck; the hazards of speculation; the risk of daring enterprises; a life brought into jeopardy.
Etymology: OE. danger daunger, power, arrogance, refusal, difficulty, fr. OF. dagier dongierwith same meaning), F. danger danger, fr. an assumed LL. dominiarium power, authority, from L. dominium power, property. See Dungeon Domain Dame