|Origin:||perir, from Latin perire 'to be destroyed'|
1 [intransitive] formal or literaryMX
to die, especially in a terrible or sudden way:
Hundreds perished when the ship went down.
2 [intransitive and transitive] especially British English
if rubber or leather perishes, it decays
3 spoken old-fashioned
used to say that you hope what someone has suggested will never happen:
If we lose, perish the thought, Watford will take first place.