Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
    there was a danger he would do the wrong thing
  2. (noun, state) a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  3. (noun, state) a state of danger involving risk
  4. (verb, communication) put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  5. (verb, stative) pose a threat to; present a danger to

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Origin of the word Peril

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. peril (10c.), from L. periculum "an attempt, risk, danger," with instrumentive suffix -culum and root of ex-peri-ri "to try," cognate with Gk. peria "trial, attempt, experience," empeiros "experienced," O.Ir. aire "vigilance," Goth. ferja "watcher," O.E. f?r "danger, fear," all ult. from PIE b… more

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