- 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
- 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 or per·il·ling Archaic
To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil.
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.
peril - Legal Definition
Risk of exposure to injury or damage, such as that protected against in an insurance policy. See also insurance.