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DANGEROUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dangerous mean? 

DANGEROUS (adjective)
  The adjective DANGEROUS has 2 senses:

1. involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

  Familiarity information: DANGEROUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DANGEROUS (adjective)


Sense 1dangerous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm

Synonyms:

dangerous; unsafe

Context examples:

a dangerous criminal / a dangerous bridge / unemployment reached dangerous proportions

Similar:

treacherous; unreliable (dangerously unstable and unpredictable)

self-destructive; suicidal (dangerous to yourself or your interests)

parlous; perilous; precarious; touch-and-go (fraught with danger)

on the hook (caught in a difficult or dangerous situation)

mordacious (biting or given to biting)

insidious (intended to entrap)

hazardous; risky; wild (involving risk or danger)

harmful (able or likely to do harm)

desperate ((of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair)

chanceful; chancy; dicey; dodgy (of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk)

breakneck (moving at very high speed)

Also:

insecure; unsafe (lacking in security or safety)

vulnerable (susceptible to attack)

Antonym:

safe (free from danger or the risk of harm)


Sense 2dangerous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

Synonyms:

grievous; life-threatening; dangerous; grave; serious; severe

Context examples:

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 / a life-threatening disease

Similar:

critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)


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