Dangerousness
Dangerous 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. [1913 Webster]

Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us; The ways are dangerous. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It is dangerous to assert a negative. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury. [1913 Webster]

If they incline to think you dangerous To less than gods. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with death. [Colloq.] --Forby. Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

4. Hard to suit; difficult to please. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

My wages ben full strait, and eke full small; My lord to me is hard and dangerous. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

5. Reserved; not affable. [Obs.] ``Of his speech dangerous.'' --Chaucer. -- {Dan"ger*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Dan"ger*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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