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What is the origin of the word ‘hazard’?


The word hazard, meaning a danger or risk,
is taken from Old French, although the origin of the French word is uncertain. It could
be of Arabic descent, from the Arabic az-zahr, meaning chance or luck, or from the Persian
zar, or Turkish zar, meaning dice. According to the Medieval chronicler William of Tyre,
the same name was given to a dice game, allegedly played during the siege of a castle, known
as Hasart or Asart, in Palestine, and therefore named after it. This is a great story, but
the evidence is not substantial.

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