hazard

[ haz-erd ]SEE DEFINITION OF hazard

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAZARD

War was a game of hazard, in which the luck was always changing.

Games of address are not to be put upon a footing with games of hazard.'

I'd suggest, at a hazard guess, some place in the interior of Pennsylvania.

I soon determined that the good which appeared on the other was not worth this hazard.

Well, nothing venture, nothing have; I will brave the hazard!

No sign of the adventurers rewarded him, but it was now all chance, all hazard.

By the hazard of fortune all the cash found its way to Casanova.

She sets her life upon the cast, and she must stand the hazard of the die.

His heart beat high with a feeling of the hazard of the ocean.

And again the wise men of the world refused to hazard a guess.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French hasard, hasart (12c.) "game of chance played with dice," possibly from Spanish azar "an unfortunate card or throw at dice," which is said to be from Arabic az-zahr (for al-zahr) "the die." But this is doubtful because of the absence of zahr in classical Arabic dictionaries. Klein suggests Arabic yasara "he played at dice;" Arabic -s- regularly becomes Spanish -z-. The -d was added in French in confusion with the native suffix -ard. Sense evolved in French to "chances in gambling," then "chances in life." In English, sense of "chance of loss or harm, risk" first recorded 1540s.

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