Definition of Peril

1. Noun. A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune. "Drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

2. Verb. Pose a threat to; present a danger to. "Sam cannot peril Sue "; "The pollution is endangering the crops"
Exact synonyms: Endanger, Imperil, Jeopardise, Jeopardize, Menace, Threaten
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist
Derivative terms: Jeopardy, Jeopardy, Menace

3. Noun. A state of danger involving risk.
Exact synonyms: Riskiness
Generic synonyms: Danger
Specialized synonyms: Speculativeness
Derivative terms: Perilous, Risky, Risky

4. Verb. Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position.
Exact synonyms: Endanger, Expose, Queer, Scupper
Generic synonyms: Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On
Specialized synonyms: Compromise
Derivative terms: Exposure

5. Noun. A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury. "There was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
Exact synonyms: Danger, Risk
Generic synonyms: Venture
Specialized synonyms: Chance, Crapshoot, Gamble
Derivative terms: Perilous, Risk, Risk, Risky, Risky

Definition of Peril

1. n. Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction.

2. v. t. To expose to danger; to hazard; to risk; as, to peril one's life.

3. v. i. To be in danger.

Definition of Peril

1. Noun. A situation of serious and immediate danger. ¹

2. Noun. Something that causes, contains, or presents danger. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause to be in danger; to imperil. ¹

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Definition of Peril

1. to imperil [v -ILED, -ILING, -ILS or -ILLED, -ILLING, -ILS] - See also: imperil

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peril

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Literary usage of Peril

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1911)
"And they are to be reconciled with the other rule, that a loss caused by a peril of the sea is to be borne by the underwriter, though the master did not use ..."

2. A Manual of the Law Relating to Shipping and Admiralty as Determined by the by Robert Desty (1879)
"The peril. i 310. Salvage lu case of recapture. i 317. Compensation, general principles. i 319. Measure of reward. i 318. Ingredients of salvage services. i ..."

3. The American and English Railroad Cases: A Collection of All Cases in the by Lawrence Lewis, Adelbert Hamilton, John Houston Merrill, William Mark McKinney, James Manford Kerr, John Crawford Thomson (1890)
"V. PERSONS IN peril. 164. Creation of Fear. Person has no right upon happening of some occurrence, such as would not create fear in mind of the ordinarily ..."

4. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs, Lydia Maria Francis Child (1861)
"Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. XVIII. MONTHS OF peril. THE search for mo was kept up with more perse- ..."

5. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams (1905)
"So he stood for centuries on his Mount in peril of the Sea, watching across the tremor of the immense ocean,—immensi tremor oceani, —as Louis XI, ..."

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