[per-uh l] /ˈpɛr əl/

exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy; danger:
They faced the peril of falling rocks.
something that causes or may cause injury, loss, or destruction.
verb (used with object), periled, periling or (especially British) perilled, perilling.
to expose to danger; ; risk.
exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy

c.1200, from Old French peril “danger, risk” (10c.), from Latin periculum “an attempt, trial, experiment; risk, danger,” with instrumentive suffix -culum and element also found in experiri “to try,” cognate with Greek peria “trial, attempt, experience,” empeiros “experienced,” Old Irish aire “vigilance,” Gothic ferja “watcher,” Old English fær “danger, fear” (see fear (n.)).


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