Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 664. Safety.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Contingent Subservience
664. Safety.
NOUN:SAFETY, security, surety, impregnability; invulnerability, invulnerableness &c. adj.; danger -past, - over; storm blown over; coast clear; escape [See Escape]; means of escape; blow-, safety-, snifting- valve; safeguard, palladium; sheet anchor; rock, tower.
  GUARDIANSHIP, wardship, wardenship; tutelage, custody, safe-keeping; preservation [See Preservation]; guardship [obs.], protection, auspices.
  PROTECTOR, guardian; warden, warder; preserver, life saver, custodian, duenna, chaperon, third person.
  safe-conduct, escort, convoy; guard, shield (defense) [See Defense]; guardian angel; tutelary -god, - deity, - saint; genius loci [L.].
  WATCHDOG, bandog; Cerberus.
  WATCHMAN, patrolman, policeman, police officer, officer [colloq.], “the finest” [local, U. S.]; cop, copper, peeler, bobby [all slang], blue coat [colloq.], constable, roundsman [U. S.], gendarme [F.], military police; detective, tec [slang], bull [slang, U. S.], spotter [slang]; sheriff, deputy; sentinel, sentry, scout (warning) [See Warning].
  ARMED FORCE, garrison, life guard, State guard, militia, regular army, navy; volunteer; marine [See Combatant]; battleship, man-of-war [See Combatant].
  [MEANS OF SAFETY] refuge &c., anchor [See Refuge]; precaution (preparation) [See Preparation]; guard, guard rail, hand rail; bulkhead, watertight compartment, safety appliance; bolt, hasp (pin) [See Vinculum]; cyclone cellar, dugout, bombproof dug-out; quarantine, cordon sanitaire [F.].
  [SENSE OF SECURITY] confidence [See Hope].
  JUDGE, justice, judiciary, magistrate, beak [slang, Eng.], justice of the peace, J. P.; deemster [Isle of Man], hakim [Oriental]; chancellor [See Judge].
VERB:BE SAFE &c. adj.; keep one’s head above water, tide over, save one’s bacon [colloq.]; ride out -, weather- the storm; light upon one’s feet; bear a charmed life; escape [See Escape]; possess nine lives.
  PROTECT, watch over; make or render safe &c. adj.; take care of (care) [See Care]; preserve [See Preservation]; cover, screen, shelter, shroud, flank, ward; take charge of; guard (defend) [See Defense]; garrison; man the -garrison, - lifeboat; secure (restrain) [See Restraint]; intrench or entrench, mine, countermine; dig in; fence round (circumscribe) [See Circumscription]; house, nestle, ensconce.
  ESCORT, support, accompany, convoy.
  WATCH, mount guard, patrol, go on one’s beat; do -, perform- sentry go; scout, spy.
  TAKE PRECAUTIONS (prepare for) [See Preparation]; “make assurance double sure” [Macbeth] (caution) [See Caution]; take up a loose thread; reef, take in a reef, make all snug, have an anchor to windward, double reef topsails.
  seek safety; take -, find- shelter [See Refuge]; run into port.
ADJECTIVE:SAFE, secure, sure; in safety, in security; in shelter, in harbor, in port; in the shadow of a rock; on terra firma [L.]; on the safe side; under the -shield of, - shade of, - wing of, - shadow of one’s wing; under cover, under lock and key; out of -danger, - the meshes, - harm’s way; on sure ground, at anchor, high and dry, above water; unthreatened, unmolested; protected &c. v.; cavendo tutus [L.]; panoplied (defended) [See Defense].
  safe and sound (preserved) [See Preservation]; harmless; scatheless (perfect) [See Perfection]; unhazarded; not dangerous [See Danger].
  snug, seaworthy, airworthy; watertight, weathertight, weatherproof, waterproof, fireproof; bombproof, shellproof.
  DEFENSIBLE, tenable, proof against, invulnerable; unassailable, unattackable; “founded upon a rock” [Bible], impregnable, imperdible [obs.]; inexpugnable.
  PROTECTING &c. v.; guardian, tutelary; preservative [See Preservation]; trustworthy [See Probity].
ADVERB:ex abundanti cautelâ [L.]; with impunity.
INTERJECTION:ALL’S WELL! all clear! all serene! [slang]; safety first! at rest! at ease!
  1. Salva res est.
  2. Suave mari magno.
  3. À couvert.
  4. E terra alterius spectare laborem.—Lucretius
  5. Dieu vous garde.
  6. Safe through a thousand perils brought.—Montgomery
  7. Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.—Burke
  8. Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.—Bible
  9. He who fights and runs away May live to fight another day.—Goldsmith
  10. Astoundingly tricephalate, Waits Cerberus, the mutt of Hades.—Don Marquis


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