Un prisonnier des plus dangereux, Edmond Dantès.

As I understand, "plus dangereux" means "more dangerous" and "le plus dangereux" means "the most dangerous". But what is the use of the article "des" here? How should I understand the sentence above?

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Des plus dangereux means parmi les plus dangereux:

A prisoner considered amongst the most dangerous.

Des plus signifie très. Des plus est quasiment toujours suivi d'un adjectif au pluriel.

C'est un prisonnier des plus dangereux : c'est un prisonnier très dangereux.

Changer l'ordre des mots dans cette phrase change aussi sa signification.

C'est un des plus dangereux prisonniers ; c'est un des prisonniers les plus dangereux : he is one of the most dangerous prisonners.

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