- 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 regimeMore example sentences
- 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 agoMore example sentences
- 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 DavidMore example sentences
- 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 perilMore example sentences
- 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'.