a. Imminent danger: a sign warning of the peril of falling rocks.
b. Exposure to the risk of harm or loss: in peril of losing his savings.
2. Something that endangers or involves risk: couldn't avoid the perils of the desert.
tr.v. per·iled, per·il·ing, per·ils also per·illed or per·il·ling
To expose to danger or the chance of injury; imperil.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin perīculum; see per-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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