Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin periculum


1 [uncountable] literary or formal great danger, especially of being harmed or killed
in peril
They put their own lives in peril to rescue their friends.
great/grave/serious peril
The economy is now in grave peril.
a voyage that was fraught with peril (=full of danger)
2 [countable usually plural] literary or formal a danger or problem in a particular activity or situation:
the perils posed by mountaineering
peril of
the perils of the sea

do something at your peril

used to say that what someone is intending to do is dangerous or could cause them problems:
Politicians ignore this issue at their peril.

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