Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Imminent danger.
  • n. Exposure to the risk of harm or loss.
  • n. Something that endangers or involves risk.
  • transitive v. To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A situation of serious and immediate danger.
  • n. Something that causes, contains, or presents danger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction.
  • intransitive v. To be in danger.
  • transitive v. To expose to danger; to hazard; to risk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hazard; risk; put in peril or danger.
  • To be in danger.
  • n. Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction.
  • n. In law, a source of danger: a possible casualty contemplated as the cause of loss or injury.
  • n. =Syn 1. jeopardy, etc. See danger and risk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pose a threat to; present a danger to
  • n. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
  • n. a state of danger involving risk
  • v. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  • n. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin perīculum; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French peril, from Latin perīculum. (Wiktionary)

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