AskDefine | Define peril

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1 a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard" [syn: hazard, jeopardy, risk]
2 a state of danger involving risk [syn: riskiness]
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" [syn: risk, danger]


1 pose a threat to; present a danger to; "The pollution is endangering the crops" [syn: endanger, jeopardize, jeopardise, menace, threaten, imperil]
2 put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position [syn: queer, expose, scupper, endanger]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈpɛɹəl/, /"pEr@l/
    Rhymes: -ɛrəl


  1. A situation of serious and immediate danger.
  2. Something that causes or holds danger
    The perils of the jungle (animals and insects, weather, etc)


a situation of serious danger
  • Japanese: 危険(きけん, kiken)
  • Polish: niebezpieczeństwo
  • Russian: опасность, риск
something that causes danger
  • Japanese: 冒険(ぼうけん, bōken)
  • Polish: zagrożenie
  • Russian: опасность, угроза


  1. To cause to be in danger; to imperil.

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