peril

[ per-uhl ]
/ ˈpɛr əl /

noun

exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy; danger: They faced the peril of falling rocks.
something that causes or may cause injury, loss, or destruction.

verb (used with object), per·iled, per·il·ing or (especially British) per·illed, per·il·ling.

to expose to danger; imperil; risk.

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Origin of peril

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French <Latin perīculum trial, test, danger, equivalent to perī-, verb base meaning “try” (found in the compound experīrī;see experience) + -culum-cle2

synonym study for peril

1. See danger.

OTHER WORDS FROM peril

per·il·less, adjectivemul·ti·per·il, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for peril

peril
/ (ˈpɛrɪl) /

noun

exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy

Word Origin for peril

C13: via Old French from Latin perīculum
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