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Definition of "peril" []

  • Imminent danger. (noun)
  • Exposure to the risk of harm or loss. (noun)
  • Something that endangers or involves risk. (noun)
  • To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "peril" in a sentence
  • "American dream, in peril, is successfully pursued through state programs"
  • "When the peril is the criminal act of a third person, the argument continues, the duty of a landowner ... does not include the business visitor on residential premises among the special relationships imposing a duty to exercise care to protect against harm from others ...."
  • "But, defendant asserts, that duty exists only if the peril is a condition of the property."