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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Though tantalisingly seductive, they were fraught with peril.
▪ No matter where you begin, the road to the Final Four is fraught with peril.
▪ That undertaking would be fraught with enormous peril too.
▪ And the road is long and fraught with peril.
▪ They were demonstrating that life on the Web is fraught with peril.
▪ It is not civil war that is the greatest peril but anarchy.
▪ But Lugar calls nuclear terror the greatest peril of our age.
▪ But the yellow peril of Mrs Slocombe's hairdo caused a problem for the dynamic of the show.
▪ Were voices from the dark yet knowing part of oneself, voices you ignored only at your peril.
▪ He spoke with the sort of quietly threatening tone that you ignored at your peril.
▪ Mourning can have a therapeutic function that we ignore at our peril.
▪ Similarly, lessons from across the world show that early warning signs of conflict are ignored at our peril.
▪ The Shuttle/Redgrove thesis states that periods have meaning, and we ignore it at our peril.
▪ The Phillips curve was regarded as an inescapable constraint on policy action which the authorities could only ignore at their peril.
▪ Politicians espouse it; government departments ignore it at their peril.
▪ He ignores them at his peril.
▪ None of us who set off on that calm September morning could have foreseen the perils that lay ahead.
▪ the perils of a life at sea
▪ But Lugar calls nuclear terror the greatest peril of our age.
▪ Elizabeth continued reading her latest library book, oblivious to my possible peril.
▪ Great perils lay before them, and some of them paid with their lives for drinking that peerless elixir.
▪ His playoff streak is in peril this season.
▪ Into this potent politicization of what remained, at heart, a medical mystery, scientists ventured at their peril.
▪ Mourning can have a therapeutic function that we ignore at our peril.
▪ Similarly, lessons from across the world show that early warning signs of conflict are ignored at our peril.
▪ The differences exist, and we remain ignorant of them at our peril.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peril \Per"il\, n. [F. p['e]ril, fr. L. periculum, periclum, akin to peritus experienced, skilled, and E. fare. See Fare, and cf. Experience.] Danger; risk; hazard; jeopardy; exposure of person or property to injury, loss, or destruction.

In perils of waters, in perils of robbers.
--2 Cor. xi. 26.

Adventure hard With peril great achieved.

At one's peril, or On one's peril, with risk or danger to one; at the hazard of. ``On thy soul's peril.''

Syn: Hazard; risk; jeopardy. See Danger.


Peril \Per"il\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Periledor Perilled; p. pr. & vb. n. Periling or Perilling.] To expose to danger; to hazard; to risk; as, to peril one's life.


Peril \Per"il\, v. i. To be in danger. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, from Old French peril "danger, risk" (10c.), from Latin periculum "an attempt, trial, experiment; risk, danger," with instrumentive suffix -culum and first element from PIE *peri-tlo-, suffixed form of root *per- (3) "to lead, pass over" (cognates: Latin experiri "to try;" Greek peria "trial, attempt, experience," empeiros "experienced;" Old Irish aire "vigilance;" Gothic ferja "watcher;" Old English fær "danger, calamity"); related to *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).\n


n. 1 A situation of serious and immediate danger. 2 Something that causes, contains, or presents danger. 3 (context insurance English) An event which causes a loss, or the risk of a specific such event. vb. (context transitive English) To cause to be in danger; to imperil. (from 16th c.)

  1. n. 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. v. 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]

Peril (disambiguation)

Peril may refer to:

  • Peril (band), an Australian electronic music group
  • USS Peril (AM-272), an Admirable-class minesweeper
  • Peril (film), a 2000 film by David Giancola
  • Imminent peril, certain danger, immediate, and impending; menacingly close at hand, and threatening
Peril (band)

Peril were a Japanese/Australian industrial band operating throughout the early 1990s.

Peril was founded by drummer Tony Buck and were active from 1992 to 1996. The music is mostly improvised with Buck’s drum-triggered samples providing a complex rhythmic base, over this is the turntablism/guitar of Otomo Yoshihide and other rock improvised elements from Michael Sheridan (guitar), Kato Hideki (bass) from Japan. Hideki was later replaced by Thierry Fossemalle for the band's second album. The group recorded and performed internationally throughout Europe and Asia.

Their debut, self-titled album was released on the Dr Jim's label from Melbourne in 1993.

"The music was the most extreme collage of styles and textures that I’ve ever been gloriously immersed in. The depth to which sounds were crossed made Zorn’s Naked City sound like a mere pit band."- Sheridan

A second album, Multiverse was recorded in the Netherlands between July and October 1993, and released in 1995 on the Sound Factory label from Hong Kong.

Usage examples of "peril".

But the peculiar infelicity of the Byzantine princes exposed them to domestic perils, without affording any lively promise of foreign conquest.

I have shared my vision in the Alluvium, and you should know it has placed you in some peril.

Eternity, which neither fire will assoil, nor tempest peril, nor the wrath of years impair.

I know no justification, at any distance of time, for calumniating an historical character: surely truth belongs to the dead, and to the unfortunate: and they who have died upon a scaffold have generally had faults enough of their own, without attributing to them that which the very incurring of the perils which conducted them to their violent death renders, of all others, the most improbable.

Captain Baster the perils and drawbacks of stepfatherhood, he brushed out her abundant hair for her, an office he sometimes performed when she was in high favor with him.

What Ibn Battuta had written of its miseries and perils in 1350 would remain as true in 1650 or 1850.

Assuming that you could transport men and mounts through all the perils that bestrew the way between here and the Realm Amphibious, once there they would be utterly defeated.

But Vaughn realized the peril of the situation and the brevity of time left him.

But when she saw that I could talk and smile as usual, she was unsparing in her attempts to coax from me a pledge that I would never again peril life or limb to gratify my curiosity regarding the very few pursuits in which, for the highest remuneration, Martialists can be induced to incur the probability of injury and the chance of that death they so abjectly dread.

How willingly would I have exchanged a full-scale attempt at invasion for this shapeless, measureless peril, expressed in charts, curves, and statistics!

Since you introduce the subject of perils, it perhaps does not misbecome me to say that my most imminent perils come from yourself, or at least would come if I believed in your love and accepted your addresses.

But when of two men in deadly peril from an approaching explosion only one can escape, and the stronger, instead of monopolizing the chance, as he might, stands back and lays down his life in saving the weaker, it is a deed of heroic virtue, applauded by all men, supported by the whole moral creation which derives new beauty and sweetness from it.

Joint Chamber, as though by the force of his willpower alone, he could force sense into those men and women whose obstructionism was putting them in peril.

Where most of the tribesmen chose instinctively the path to which honor or loyalty or friendship bade them, Pandan would hesitate and temporize, to see which course held the least peril or the most personal advantage for himself.

There was a certaine man in the court of the Emperour, which had many offices, and in great favour, who at last by the envy of divers persons, was banished away and compelled to forsake the court : his wife Platina, a woman of rare faith and singular shamefastnes having borne ten children to her husband, despised all worldly Pompe and delicacy, and determined to follow her husband, and to be partaker of his perils and danger, wherefore shee cut off her haire, disguised her selfe like a man, and tooke with her all her treasure, passing through the hands of the souldiers, and the naked swords without any feare, whereby she endured many miseries, and was partaker of much affliction, to save the life of her husband, such was her love which she bare unto him.