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[im-per-uh l] /ɪmˈpɛr əl/
verb (used with object), imperiled, imperiling or (especially British) imperilled, imperilling.
to put in peril or danger; endanger.
Origin of imperil
1590-1600; im-1 + peril
Related forms
imperilment, noun
risk, jeopardize, hazard, chance. Unabridged
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  • Are you going to make me imperil your life too, and after I have tried so hard?

    A Man's Woman Frank Norris
  • You say in effect that my love is sinful and criminal, and that it will imperil your soul.

  • Believe me, that our duty is to protect the corpus of the estate, and to this end we may not act on any instruction to imperil it.

  • How can I imperil that love, and how can I stultify that honour?

    A Fool's Paradise Sydney Grundy
  • It was certain he would not go far enough from the cavern to endanger his safety or to imperil his return.

    Among the Esquimaux Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for imperil


verb -rils, -rilling, -rilled (US) -rils, -riling, -riled
(transitive) to place in danger or jeopardy; endanger
Derived Forms
imperilment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for imperil

1590s, from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + peril. Related: Imperiled; imperiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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