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peril

[per-uh l] /ˈpɛr əl/
noun
1.
exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy; danger:
They faced the peril of falling rocks.
2.
something that causes or may cause injury, loss, or destruction.
verb (used with object), periled, periling or (especially British) perilled, perilling.
3.
to expose to danger; imperil; risk.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin perīculum trial, test, danger, equivalent to perī-, verb base meaning “try” (found in the compound experīrī; see experience) + -culum -cle2
Related forms
perilless, adjective
multiperil, adjective, noun
Synonyms
1. See danger.
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British Dictionary definitions for perilled

peril

/ˈpɛrɪl/
noun
1.
exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin perīculum
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Word Origin and History for perilled

peril

n.

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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