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Meaning & Definition of Peril in English

English

Peril

/pɛrəl/

noun

1. A source of danger

  • A possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  • "Drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
    synonym:
  • hazard
  • ,
  • jeopardy
  • ,
  • peril
  • ,
  • risk
  • ,
  • endangerment

2. A state of danger involving risk

    synonym:
  • riskiness
  • ,
  • peril

3. A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

  • "He saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"
  • "There was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
    synonym:
  • risk
  • ,
  • peril
  • ,
  • danger

verb

1. Pose a threat to

  • Present a danger to
  • "The pollution is endangering the crops"
    synonym:
  • endanger
  • ,
  • jeopardize
  • ,
  • jeopardise
  • ,
  • menace
  • ,
  • threaten
  • ,
  • imperil
  • ,
  • peril

2. Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

    synonym:
  • queer
  • ,
  • expose
  • ,
  • scupper
  • ,
  • endanger
  • ,
  • peril