- 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
- 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.)).