Peril definition

pĕrəl
Something that may cause harm or injury.
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Exposure to harm or injury; danger; jeopardy.
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To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil.
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Peril is danger or exposure to harm.

An example of peril is bungee jumping.

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Something that endangers or involves risk.

Couldn't avoid the perils of the desert.

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Imminent danger.

A sign warning of the peril of falling rocks.

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Exposure to the risk of harm or loss.

In peril of losing his savings.

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(archaic) To expose to danger; jeopardize; imperil.
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Risk of exposure to injury or damage, such as that protected against in an insurance policy. See also insurance.
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A situation of serious and immediate danger.
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Something that causes, contains, or presents danger.

The perils of the jungle (animals and insects, weather, etc)

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To cause to be in danger; to imperil. [from 16th c.]
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(insurance) An event which causes a loss, or the risk of a specific such event.
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at one's peril
  • at one's own risk
    Ignore safety regulations at your peril.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
peril
Plural:
perils

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at one's peril

Origin of peril

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin perīculum per-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French peril, from Latin perīculum.

    From Wiktionary