• IPA: /ˈpɛɹɪl/
  • (weak vowel) IPA: /ˈpɛɹəl/


  1. A situation of serious and immediate danger.
  2. Something that causes, contains, or presents danger.
    The perils of the jungle (animals and insects, weather, etc)
  3. (insurance) An event which causes a loss, or the risk of a specific such event.
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peril (perils, present participle periling; past and past participle periled)

  1. (transitive) To cause to be in danger; to imperil; to risk. [from 16th c.]
    • 1830, Robert Hayne, Speech in the United States Senate:
      And are we, Mr. President, who stood by our country then, who threw open our coffers, who bared our bosoms, who freely perilled all in that conflict, to be reproached with want of attachment to the Union?
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XIV:
      "I will have nothing to do with this matter, whatever it is. Do you think I am going to peril my reputation for you?"

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