- 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.
- to expose to danger; imperil; risk.
Origin of peril
Related Words for periluncertainty, insecurity, jeopardy, vulnerability, hazard, menace, pitfall, endangerment, liability, openness, exposure
Examples from the Web for peril
Contemporary Examples of peril
We separate the search for justice from the search for truth at our peril.Bill de Blasio’s Tea Party Problem
December 30, 2014
Facts have weight and mass, and we ignore them or abuse them at our own peril.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
I was lost, fresh back from Vietnam, searching, maybe, for a peril the equivalent of war but aimed in the direction of life.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Now poaching is on the rise and wildlife conservation in peril.Ebola Could Deal a Death Blow to Africa’s Wildlife
November 3, 2014
Rick must shepherd his newborn daughter, Judith, through this world of peril.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Historical Examples of peril
But nevertheless he could not leave it behind since it was for this he had incurred his present peril.
"He would do so at the peril of his life, then," said the captain, fiercely.
Her mind is set on taking it down, yet she will not peril her husband.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
If peril could bring about unity God could bring it about even more effectively.The Conquest of Fear
The peril about him was growing—growing, and it was a deadly peril!Within the Law
- exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy
Word Origin for peril
c.1200, from Old French peril "danger, risk" (10c.), from Latin periculum "an attempt, trial, experiment; risk, danger," with instrumentive suffix -culum and element also found in experiri "to try," cognate with Greek peria "trial, attempt, experience," empeiros "experienced," Old Irish aire "vigilance," Gothic ferja "watcher," Old English fær "danger, fear" (see fear (n.)).