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1. Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk.
2. A source or an instance of risk or peril.
3. Obsolete Power, especially power to harm.

[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.]
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1. the state of being vulnerable to injury, loss, or evil; risk
2. a person or thing that may cause injury, pain, etc
3. obsolete power
4. in danger of liable to
5. (Medicine) on the danger list critically ill in hospital
[C13: daunger power, hence power to inflict injury, from Old French dongier (from Latin dominium ownership) blended with Old French dam injury, from Latin damnum]
ˈdangerless adj
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(ˈdeɪn dʒər)

1. liability or exposure to harm or injury; risk; peril.
2. an instance or cause of peril; menace.
3. Obs. power; jurisdiction; domain.
[1175–1225; < Old French dangier, alter. of dongier (by influence of dam damage) < Vulgar Latin *domniārium= Latin domini(um) dominion + -ārium, neuter of -ārius -ary]
syn: danger, hazard, peril imply harm that one may encounter. danger is the general word for liability to injury or harm, either near at hand and certain, or remote and doubtful: to be in danger of being killed. hazard suggests a danger that one can often foresee but cannot avoid: A mountain climber is exposed to many hazards. peril usu. denotes great and imminent danger: The passengers on the disabled ship were in great peril.
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  1. (His presence was) a foreboding, or dismal signal, like drawn blinds —Elizabeth Taylor
  2. Dangerous as a gift from an enemy —Anon

    A twist on the Danish proverb “Gifts from enemies are dangerous.”

  3. Dangerous as cocaine —Pietro Mascagni

    The danger being described is modern music.

  4. (I feel so many) dangers gathering round, like shadows —Davis Grubb
  5. Feel as though I’m dancing on a volcano —Rita Mae Brown
  6. Felt as if they were about to dive onto a postage stamp from the top of the Eiffel Tower —Fred Taylor
  7. (One’s life) hangs perilously in danger, like ripe fruit on a thin branch —Stephen Longstreet
  8. Hazardous as sand traps for golfers —Anon
  9. It [the need to risk] was like statistics or gambling; you had to compute probabilities —Mary McCarthy

    In her novel, A Charmed Life, McCarthy expands on her simile with this sentence: “And there was always the unforeseen, the little thing you overlooked that would catch you up in the end.”

  10. The menace (of insanity) is like a warder, restricting my freedom of mind —Richard Maynard
  11. (His) menaces … idle as the wind —W. S. Gilbert
  12. Menacing as a fury —Natascha Wodin
  13. Ominous and dark as the hour before a storm —Gerald Kersh
  14. Ominous, like waves in a gathering mid-Atlantic storm —Anon
  15. Rode precariously, like high-wire artists —Ross Macdonald
  16. Safe as a cow in a stockyard —Anon
  17. Safe as a mouse in cheese —John Ray’s Proverbs
  18. The safe earth … grew narrow as a grave —Phyllis Bottome
  19. There was a feeling like a concussion in the air —Eudora Welty
  20. This faint shadow [of danger] lay upon his life … as discreetly as the shadow of cancer lies among cells —Thomas McGuane
  21. Trying to maintain good relations with a Communist is like wooing a crocodile —Winston Churchill
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beware the ides of March See SUPERSTITION.

cat ice Flimsy ground, precarious condition. Cat ice is extremely thin ice formed on shallow water which has since receded. It owes its name to the belief that it could not support even the weight of a cat. The phrase has been in use since 1884.

nourish a snake in one’s bosom To show kindness to one who proves ungrateful. The allusion is to the Aesop fable in which a farmer, finding a snake frozen stiff with cold, placed it in his bosom. The snake, thawed by the warmth, quickly revived and inflicted a fatal bite on its benefactor.

I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts.
(Shakespeare, II Henry VI, III, i)

snake in the grass A sneak, dastard, skulker; a suspicious, treacherous, or disingenuous person; a traitor or craven; any lurking danger. This expression is derived from a line in Virgil’s Third Eclogue (approx. 40 B.c.), Latet anguis in herba ‘a snake lurks in the grass,’ alluding to the potential danger posed by a poisonous snake that is hidden in the grass as if in ambush.

There is a snake in the grass and the design is mischievous. (Thomas Hearne, Remarks and Collections, 1709)

sword of Damocles The threat of impending danger or doom; also Damocles’ sword.

Little do directors and their companies know of this sword of Damocles that hangs over them. (Law Times, 1892)

The allusion is to the sycophant Damocles, invited by Dionysius of Syracuse to a lavish banquet. But Damocles could not enjoy the sumptuous feast because Dionysius had had suspended over his head a sword hanging by a single hair. He dared not move lest the sword fall and kill him. See also hang by a thread, PRECARIOUSNESS.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injurydanger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
clear and present danger - a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged; "no one has a right to shout `fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety"
hazardousness, perilousness - the state of being dangerous
insecurity - the state of being subject to danger or injury
riskiness, peril - a state of danger involving risk
vulnerability, exposure - the state of being vulnerable or exposed; "his vulnerability to litigation"; "his exposure to ridicule"
safety - the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions; "insure the safety of the children"; "the reciprocal of safety is risk"
2.danger - a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
chance - a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"
crapshoot - a risky and uncertain venture; "getting admitted to the college of your choice has become a crapshoot"
gamble - a risky act or venture
3.danger - a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk - a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
powder keg - a potentially explosive state
menace, threat - something that is a source of danger; "earthquakes are a constant threat in Japan"
4.danger - a dangerous place; "He moved out of danger"
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


2. hazard, risk, threat, menace, peril, pitfall These roads are a danger to cyclists.
3. possibility, chance, risk, prospect, liability, likelihood, probability There is a real danger that people will not be able to afford insurance.
"danger, the spur of all great minds" [George Chapman The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois]
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Exposure to possible harm, loss, or injury:
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A. Npeligro m
to be in dangerestar en peligro, correr peligro
to be in danger of fallingcorrer el peligro or riesgo de caer
there is a danger ofhay peligro or riesgo de
there was no danger that he would be discoveredno había peligro de que lo descubrieran
(to be) out of danger (gen, Med) → (estar) fuera de peligro
to be a danger to sth/sb/o.sser un peligro para algo/para algn/para sí mismo
"danger men at work"¡atención or ¡peligro obras!
"danger keep out"¡peligro de muerte! prohibido el acceso
B. CPD danger area N = danger zone danger list N (Med) to be on the danger listestar grave
danger money Nplus m de peligrosidad
danger point Npunto m crítico
danger signal Nseñal f de peligro
danger zone Nárea f or zona f de peligro
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[ˈdeɪndʒər] ndanger m
"danger!" (on sign)"danger!"
there is a danger of → il y a un risque de
There is a danger of fire → Il y a risque d'incendie., Il y a un risque d'incendie.
there is a danger that ...
There is a danger that they will be unable to → Ils risquent de ne pas pouvoir ...
There's a danger the company won't be able to pay → La société risque de ne pas pouvoir payer.
There is a danger that people will be injured → Il risque d'y avoir des blessés.
in danger → en danger
His life is in danger → Sa vie est en danger.
You are in danger → Tu es en danger.
Don't worry, she is not in any danger
BUT Ne t'inquiète pas, elle ne risque rien.
to be in danger of doing sth → risquer de faire qch
We were in danger of missing the plane → Nous risquions de rater l'avion.
He was in danger of falling → Il risquait de tomber.
to put sb in danger → mettre qn en danger
to put sb's life in danger → mettre la vie de qn en danger
out of danger → hors de danger
to be a danger to sb [thing] → être dangereux/euse pour qn
to be a danger to the public
This man is a danger to the public → Cet homme est dangereux.
to be a danger to sth → être dangereux/euse pour qch
Smoking is a danger to health → Le tabac est dangereux pour la santé.danger list n
to be on the danger list → être dans un état critiquedanger money n (British)prime f de risque
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Gefahr f; he loves dangerer liebt die Gefahr; the dangers of smokingdie mit dem Rauchen verbundenen Gefahren; to put somebody/something in dangerjdn/etw in Gefahr bringen, jdn/etw gefährden; to run into dangerin Gefahr geraten; to be in danger of doing somethingGefahr laufen, etw zu tun; the species is in danger of extinctiondie Art ist vom Aussterben bedroht; out of dangeraußer Gefahr; there is a danger of firees besteht Feuergefahr; there is a danger of his getting lostes besteht die Gefahr, dass er sich verirrt; he ran the danger of being recognizeder lief Gefahr, erkannt zu werden; there is no danger of thatdie Gefahr besteht nicht; to be a danger to somebody/somethingfür jdn/etw eine Gefahr bedeuten; he’s a danger to himselfer bringt sich selbst in Gefahr
“danger”„Achtung, Lebensgefahr!“; (Mot) → „Gefahrenstelle“; “danger, high-tension cables”„Achtung, Hochspannung!“; “danger, ice”„Glatteisgefahr“; “danger, keep out”Zutritt verboten, Lebensgefahr!“; the signal was at danger (Rail) → das Signal stand auf Rot


danger area
nGefahrenzone for -bereich m
danger list
n on/off the dangerin/außer Lebensgefahr
danger money
nGefahrenzulage f; to get dangereine Gefahrenzulage kriegen


danger point
nGefahrengrenze f; to reach dangerdie Gefahrengrenze erreichen
danger signal
n (lit, fig)Warnsignal nt; (Rail) → Deckungssignal ntvor Gefahr (spec)
danger zone
nGefahrenzone f
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1. npericolo
in danger → in pericolo
out of danger → fuori pericolo
to put sb's life in danger → mettere in pericolo la vita di qn
to be in danger of falling → rischiare di cadere
there was no danger that he would be caught → non c'era pericolo che lo prendessero
there is a danger of fire → c'è pericolo di incendio
"danger! men at work" → "attenzione! lavori in corso"
"danger! keep out" → "pericolo! vietato l'accesso"
2. adj (zone, sign) → di pericolo
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(ˈdeindʒə) noun
1. something that may cause harm or injury. The canal is a danger to children.
2. a state or situation in which harm may come to a person or thing. He is in danger; The bridge is in danger of collapse.
ˈdangerous adjective
very unsafe and likely to be the cause of danger. a dangerous road; a dangerous enemy.
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خَطَر nebezpečí fare Gefahr κίνδυνος peligro vaara danger opasnost pericolo 危険 위험 gevaar fare niebezpieczeństwo perigo опасность fara อันตราย tehlike sự nguy hiểm 危险
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n. peligro, riesgo;
to be in ___correr ___.
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n peligro
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The Same Subject Continued (Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence) For the Independent Journal.
The Mice thought that the cause of their frequent defeats was that they had no leaders set apart from the general army to command them, and that they were exposed to dangers from lack of discipline.
The airy phantoms that flit before the distempered imaginations of some of its adversaries would quickly give place to the more substantial forms of dangers, real, certain, and formidable.
-Speculations on What May Be the Future Population.- Apprehended Dangers.-A Plot to Desert.-Rose the Interpreter.- His Sinister Character- Departure From the Arickara Village.
Out of this lifeless mass has already grown an excrescent power, which tends to realize all the dangers that can be apprehended from a defective construction of the supreme government of the Union.
Their meeting was hearty and joyous; for they had both experienced dangers and perplexities.
Since you have, perhaps, heard but confused accounts of my seven voyages, and the dangers and wonders that I have met with by sea and land, I will now give you a full and true account of them, which I think you will be well pleased to hear."
Thus we were in danger of falling into a captivity perhaps more severe than that we had just escaped from.
His Majesty continued to throw the quoits as coolly as if no danger threatened his throne, but the Pumpkinhead, having caught sight of Tip, ambled toward the boy as fast as his wooden legs would go.
At a later date we began to feel less in danger of their eyes, for to an eye in the dazzle of the sunlight outside our refuge must have been blank blackness, but at first the slightest suggestion of approach drove us into the scullery in heart-throbbing retreat.
To ride this horse was a pleasure to him, and he thought of the horse, of the morning, of the doctor's wife, but not once of the impending danger.
Mohegan pointed toward Elizabeth, who, forgetting her danger, had sunk back to a projection of the rock as soon as she recognized the sounds of Edwards’ voice, and said with something like awakened animation:

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