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; imperil; risk.

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

perilless, adjective
multiperil, adjective, noun

1. See danger. Unabridged
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peril (ˈpɛrɪl)
exposure to risk or harm; danger or jeopardy
[C13: via Old French from Latin perīculum]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. peril (10c.), from L. periculum "an attempt, risk, danger," with instrumentive suffix -culum and root of ex-peri-ri "to try," cognate with Gk. peria "trial, attempt, experience," empeiros "experienced," O.Ir. aire "vigilance," Goth. ferja "watcher," O.E. fær "danger, fear,"
all ult. from PIE base *per- "to lead across."
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Example sentences
There are perils in signaling how interested you are in the position.
There's not enough genetic disparity to ward off the perils of inbreeding.
Technology offers incredible capabilities, but also new perils.
It's so unfortunate that students are rarely told the perils of the job market
  until it's too late.
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