Definition of peril in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛrɪl
, -r(ə)l/


[mass noun]
  • 1Serious and immediate danger: you could well place us both in peril the movement is in peril of dying [count noun]: a setback to the state could present a peril to the regime
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    • Saunders called a timeout and considered his response to a situation fraught with peril.
    • Agitated behavior often develops abruptly and at times has potential for immediate peril.
    • The thief was probably unaware of the stir that he had caused or that his actions had now put his life in serious peril.
  • 1.1 (perils) The risks or difficulties that arise from a particular situation or activity: she first witnessed the perils of pop stardom a decade ago
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    • British Transport Police officers are warning youngsters not to risk the perils of trespassing on train tracks after they were called to an incident near Skelton.
    • For I have witnessed at first hand the perils of living with a fathers' rights activist who seems to enjoy his campaigning more than the brass tacks of bringing up young children.
    • Mandatory meetings were launched, in which workers were shown videos ‘exposing’ the perils of labor representation.

verb (perils, perilling, perilled; US perils, periling, periled)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Expose to danger; threaten: Jonathon perilled his life for love of David
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    • This child has periled you in no way.
    • Fear like quivering rain after a lightening bolt periled the air.


at one's peril

At one’s own risk (used in warnings): neglect our advice at your peril
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  • Now you step on it at your peril, and with risk of severe damage to the grass.
  • You risk missing this deadline at your peril, as this article from last week explains!
  • Events 80 years ago prove that we ignore that advice at our peril.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin peric(u)lum 'danger', from the base of experiri 'to try'.

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