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peril

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noun per·il \ˈper-əl, ˈpe-rəl\

Simple Definition of peril

  • : the possibility that you will be hurt or killed or that something unpleasant or bad will happen

  • : something that is likely to cause injury, pain, harm, or loss

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of peril

  1. 1 :  exposure to the risk of being injured, destroyed, or lost :  danger <fire put the city in peril>

  2. 2 :  something that imperils or endangers :  risk <lessen the perils of the streets>

Examples of peril in a sentence

  1. Just last week he issued a statement encouraging all Iraqis to participate in the election scheduled for January, and he called on the Iraqi government to start registering voters. The powers that be in Iraq ignore him at their peril. —Johanna McGeary, Time, 25 Oct. 2004

  2. One lesson of both the law-school and the Paulin controversies may be the peril of making free-speech judgments at Internet speed. —Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker, 27 Jan. 2003

  3. The old man rose and towered over Cameron, and then plunged down upon him, and clutched at his throat with terrible stifling hands. The harsh contact, the pain awakened Cameron to his peril before it was too late. —Zane Grey, Desert Gold, 1913

  4. People are unaware of the peril these miners face each day.

  5. She described global warming as a growing peril.



Origin and Etymology of peril

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin periculum — more at fear


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with peril


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peril

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verb per·il \ˈper-əl, ˈpe-rəl\

Definition of peril

periled

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perilled

periling

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perilling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to expose to danger



Examples of peril in a sentence

  1. … she did more harm than all Frederick's diplomacy could repair, and perilled her chance of her inheritance like a giddy heedless creature as she was. —William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848

  2. <a tribute to the men and women who, as firefighters, peril their lives daily>



Origin and Etymology of peril

(see 1peril)


First Known Use: 1567



PERIL Defined for Kids

peril

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noun per·il \ˈper-əl\

Definition of peril for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being in great danger <The storm put our ship in peril.>

  2. 2 :  a cause or source of danger <the perils of skydiving>




Law Dictionary

peril

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noun per·il \ˈper-əl\

Legal Definition of peril

  1. 1 :  exposure to the risk of death, destruction, or loss

  2. 2 :  the cause of a loss (as of property) <insured their home against fire, floods, and other perils> — compare risk





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