peril


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per·il

 (pĕr′əl)
n.
1.
a. Imminent danger: a sign warning of the peril of falling rocks.
b. Exposure to the risk of harm or loss: in peril of losing his savings.
2. Something that endangers or involves risk: couldn't avoid the perils of the desert.
tr.v. per·iled, per·il·ing, per·ils also per·illed or per·il·ling Archaic
To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin perīculum; see per-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

peril

(ˈpɛrɪl)
n
exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy
[C13: via Old French from Latin perīculum]

per•il

(ˈpɛr əl)

n., v. -iled, -il•ing (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling. n.
1. exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy.
2. something that causes or may cause injury, loss, or destruction.
v.t.
3. to imperil.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin perīculum trial, test, danger]
syn: See danger.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peril - a source of dangerperil - a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
danger - a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"
health hazard - hazard to the health of those exposed to it
moral hazard - (economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance); "insurance companies are exposed to a moral hazard if the insured party is not honest"
occupational hazard - any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury
sword of Damocles - a constant and imminent peril; "the possibility hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles"
2.peril - a state of danger involving risk
danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
speculativeness - financial risk; "he rejected stocks that didn't pay dividends because of their speculativeness"
3.peril - a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
chance - a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"
crapshoot - a risky and uncertain venture; "getting admitted to the college of your choice has become a crapshoot"
gamble - a risky act or venture
Verb1.peril - pose a threat toperil - pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"
exist, be - have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
2.peril - put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
compromise - expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"

peril

noun
1. danger, risk, threat, hazard, menace, jeopardy, perilousness sailors in peril on the sea
2. (often plural) pitfall, problem, risk, hazard the perils of starring in a TV commercial
pitfall security, safety, certainty, surety, invulnerability, impregnability

peril

noun
Exposure to possible harm, loss, or injury:
verb
To subject to danger or destruction:
Translations
nebezpečíohrožení
farerisiko
hætta, háski
rizikinga situacija
briesmasrisks
nevarnost
büyük tehlike

peril

[ˈperɪl] Nriesgo m, peligro m
to be in perilestar en or correr peligro
she was in peril of her lifesu vida estaba en peligro, corría el riesgo or peligro de perder la vida
do it at your perilhágalo por su cuenta y riesgo

peril

[ˈpɛrəl] npéril m
to do sth at one's peril → faire qch à ses risques et périls
Anyone who breaks the law does so at their peril → Quiconque enfreint la loi le fait à ses risques et périls.

peril

nGefahr f; he is in great periler schwebt in großer Gefahr; to be in peril of one’s lifein Lebensgefahr sein; the cliff is in peril of collapsinges besteht die Gefahr, dass die Klippen einstürzen; do it at your (own) perilauf Ihre eigene Gefahr

peril

[ˈpɛrɪl] npericolo
at your peril → a tuo rischio e pericolo

peril

(ˈperil) noun
great danger. You are in great peril; The explorers knew they would face many perils.
ˈperilous adjective
very dangerous. a perilous journey.
ˈperilousness noun
ˈperilously adverb
dangerously. He came perilously close to death.

peril

n. peligro, riesgo.
References in classic literature ?
This deed of apparent cruelty, but of real necessity, fell upon the spirits of the travelers like a terrific warning of the peril in which they stood, heightened as it was by the calm though steady resolution of the actors in the scene.
If, heretofore, l had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
It was striking of the children, at all events, to kiss me inveterately with a kind of wild irrelevance and never to fail--one or the other-- of the precious question that had helped us through many a peril.
Yet not to speak of the peril of the thing, it is to be doubted whether this course is always the best; for it is but reasonable to presume, that the longer the stricken whale stays under water, the more he is exhausted.
A time of peril on the killing beds was when a steer broke loose.
They knelt together, and the good man prayed,--for there are some feelings so agitated and tumultuous, that they can find rest only by being poured into the bosom of Almighty love,--and then, rising up, the new-found family embraced each other, with a holy trust in Him, who from such peril and dangers, and by such unknown ways, had brought them together.
Gentlemen, I must look to you to second my endeavors in this hour of peril.
Whether you are asleep or awake he will attack you, caring nothing for the fact that in bulk and strength you are to him as are the massed armies of the earth to a sucking child; he lives both day and night and all days and nights in the very lap of peril and the immediate presence of death, and yet is no more afraid than is the man who walks the streets of a city that was threatened by an earthquake ten centuries before.
The switch hovered in the air -- the peril was des- perate --
I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North,--even in Mas- sachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants of revolutionary sires; and I ap- pealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery,--law or no law, con- stitution or no constitution.
I am up now; but at your peril you fetch a candle yet: wait two minutes till I get into some dry garments, if any dry there be--yes, here is my dressing-gown.
Had he stood in peril of a less horrible sentence--had there been a chance of any one of its savage details being spared--by just so much would he have lost in his fascination.