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PERIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does peril mean? 

PERIL (noun)
  The noun PERIL has 3 senses:

1. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
2. a state of danger involving risk
3. a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

  Familiarity information: PERIL used as a noun is uncommon.


PERIL (verb)
  The verb PERIL has 2 senses:

1. pose a threat to; present a danger to
2. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

  Familiarity information: PERIL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PERIL (noun)


Sense 1peril [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

risk; peril; jeopardy; hazard; endangerment

Context example:

drinking alcohol is a health hazard

Hypernyms ("peril" is a kind of...):

danger (a cause of pain or injury or loss)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peril"):

health hazard (hazard to the health of those exposed to it)

moral hazard ((economics) the lack of any incentive to guard against a risk when you are protected against it (as by insurance))

occupational hazard (any condition of a job that can result in illness or injury)

sword of Damocles (a constant and imminent peril)


Sense 2peril [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of danger involving risk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

riskiness; peril

Hypernyms ("peril" is a kind of...):

danger (the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peril"):

speculativeness (financial risk)


Sense 3peril [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

danger; risk; peril

Context examples:

he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime / there was a danger he would do the wrong thing

Hypernyms ("peril" is a kind of...):

venture (any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "peril"):

chance (a risk involving danger)

crapshoot (a risky and uncertain venture)

gamble (a risky act or venture)


PERIL (verb)


Sense 1peril [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pose a threat to; present a danger to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

endanger; imperil; jeopardise; jeopardize; menace; peril; threaten

Context example:

The pollution is endangering the crops

Hypernyms (to "peril" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam cannot peril Sue


Sense 2peril [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

endanger; scupper; peril; queer; expose

Hypernyms (to "peril" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "peril"):

compromise (expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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