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peril (n.)

"danger, risk, hazard, jeopardy, exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction," c. 1200, from Old French peril "danger, risk" (10c.), from Latin periculum "an attempt, trial, experiment; risk, danger," with instrumentive suffix -culum and first element from PIE *peri-tlo-, suffixed form of root *per- (3) "to try, risk."

updated on April 08, 2020

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Definitions of peril from WordNet
1
peril (n.)
a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune;
Synonyms: hazard / jeopardy / risk / endangerment
peril (n.)
a state of danger involving risk;
Synonyms: riskiness
peril (n.)
a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury;
Synonyms: risk / danger
2
peril (v.)
pose a threat to; present a danger to;
peril (v.)
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position;
Synonyms: queer / expose / scupper / endanger
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