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[jep-er-dee] /ˈdʒɛp ər di/
noun, plural jeopardies.
hazard or risk of or exposure to loss, harm, death, or injury:
For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
peril or danger:
The spy was in constant jeopardy of being discovered.
Law. the danger or hazard of being found guilty, and of consequent punishment, undergone by criminal defendants on trial.
Origin of jeopardy
1200-50; Middle English j(e)uparti, joupardi(e), j(e)upardi(e) < Anglo-French, Old French: literally, divided game or play, hence, uncertain chance, problem (in chess or love), equivalent to j(e)u play, game (< Latin jocus joke) + parti, past participle of partir to divide; see party
1, 2. security.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See danger. Unabridged
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  • The public began to murmur, and the whole success of the evening was in jeopardy, until Malibran came to the rescue.

    Garcia the Centenarian And His Times M. Sterling Mackinlay
  • There was no spice of jeopardy in them; no preludes of intrigue.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • The evidence against him would not suffice to put in jeopardy any one in our days.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • Persons were branded as cowards who would not put their lives in jeopardy.

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • Not every freeman was willing to put in jeopardy his own liberty that another might be free.

British Dictionary definitions for jeopardy


noun (usually preceded by in)
danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazard: his health was in jeopardy
(law) danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offence See also double jeopardy
Word Origin
C14: from Old French jeu parti, literally: divided game, hence uncertain issue, from jeu game, from Latin jocus joke, game + partir to divide, from Latin partīrī
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Word Origin and History for jeopardy

c.1300, ioparde (13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French jeu parti, literally "a divided game, game with even chances," from jeu "a game" (from Latin iocus "jest;" see joke (n.)) + parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). Originally "a stratagem;" sense of "danger, risk" is late 14c.

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