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Meaning of DANGEROUS

Pronunciation:  'deynjurus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"
  2. [adj]  involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"

DANGEROUS is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: breakneck, chanceful, chancy, critical, desperate, dicey, dodgy, grave, grievous, harmful, hazardous, insidious, kamikaxe(a), on the hook(p), parlous, perilous, precarious, risky, self-destructive, serious, severe, suicidal, touch-and-go, treacherous, unreliable, unsafe, venturesome, venturous
 Antonyms: safe
 See Also: insecure, vulnerable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dan"ger*ous\, a. [OE., haughty, difficult, dangerous,
fr. OF. dangereus, F. dangereux. See {Danger}.]
1. Attended or beset with danger; full of risk; perilous;
   hazardous; unsafe.

         Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us; The
         ways are dangerous.                   --Shak.

         It is dangerous to assert a negative. --Macaulay.

2. Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury.

         If they incline to think you dangerous To less than
         gods.                                 --Milton.

3. In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with
   death. [Colloq.] --Forby. Bartlett.

4. Hard to suit; difficult to please. [Obs.]

         My wages ben full strait, and eke full small; My
         lord to me is hard and dangerous.     --Chaucer.

5. Reserved; not affable. [Obs.] ``Of his speech dangerous.''
   --Chaucer. -- {Dan"ger*ous*ly}, adv. --
   {Dan"ger*ous*ness}, n.

Thesaurus Terms
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