Shirley did not want to think about how her life might be in peril when she was on the verge of bungee jumping off of a cliff.
An example of peril is bungee jumping.
- exposure to harm or injury; danger; jeopardy
- something that may cause harm or injury
Origin of perilOld French from Classical Latin periculum, danger from base an unverified form per- (as in experiri, to try) from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, to try, risk, come over from source fear, fare
transitive verb-·iled or -·illed, -·il·ing or -·il·ling
at one's peril
- a. Imminent danger: a sign warning of the peril of falling rocks.b. Exposure to the risk of harm or loss: in peril of losing his savings.
- Something that endangers or involves risk: couldn't avoid the perils of the desert.
transitive verbper·iled, per·il·ing, per·ils, also per·illed per·il·ling Archaic
Origin of perilMiddle English from Old French from Latin perīculum ; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present perils, present participle periling, simple past and past participle periled)
From Old French peril, from Latin perÄ«culum.
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