jeopardy

[ jep-er-dee ]
/ ˈdʒɛp ər di /

noun, plural jeop·ard·ies.

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

Synonym study

1, 2. See danger.
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jeopardy

/ (ˈdʒɛpədɪ) /

noun (usually preceded by in)

danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazardhis health was in jeopardy
law danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offenceSee also double jeopardy

Word Origin for jeopardy

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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