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Meaning of PERIL

Pronunciation:  'perul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a source of danger; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
  3. [n]  a state of danger involving risk
  4. [v]  put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  5. [v]  pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops"

PERIL is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: danger, endanger, endanger, expose, hazard, imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, jeopardy, menace, queer, risk, risk, riskiness, scupper, threaten
 See Also: affect, be, bear on, bear upon, chance, compromise, danger, exist, gamble, health hazard, impact, occupational hazard, speculativeness, subject, sword of Damocles, touch, touch on, venture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Per"il\, n. [F. p['e]ril, fr. L. periculum, periclum,
    akin to peritus experienced, skilled, and E. fare. See
    {Fare}, and cf. {Experience}.]
    Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or
    property to injury, loss, or destruction.
          In perils of waters, in perils of robbers. --2 Cor. xi.
          Adventure hard With peril great achieved. --Milton.
    {At}, or {On}, {one's peril}, with risk or danger to one; at
       the hazard of. ``On thy soul's peril.'' --Shak.
    Syn: Hazard; risk; jeopardy. See {Danger}.
  2. \Per"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Periled}or {Perilled}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Periling} or {Perilling}.]
    To expose to danger; to hazard; to risk; as, to peril one's
  3. \Per"il\, v. i.
    To be in danger. [Obs.] --Milton.
Thesaurus Terms
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