Jeopardy



[jep-er-dee] /ˈdʒɛp ər di/

noun, plural jeopardies.
1.
hazard or risk of or exposure to loss, harm, death, or injury:
For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
2.
peril or danger:
The spy was in constant jeopardy of being discovered.
3.
Law. the danger or hazard of being found guilty, and of consequent punishment, undergone by criminal defendants on trial.
/ˈdʒɛpədɪ/
noun (usually preceded by in)
1.
danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazard: his health was in jeopardy
2.
(law) danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offence See also double jeopardy
n.

c.1300, ioparde (13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French jeu parti, literally “a divided game, game with even chances,” from jeu “a game” (from Latin iocus “jest;” see joke (n.)) + parti, past participle of partir “to divide” (see part (v.)). Originally “a stratagem;” sense of “danger, risk” is late 14c.

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