Definition of peril noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈperəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈperəl//
    (formal or literary)
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  1. 1[uncountable] serious danger The country's economy is now in grave peril. She seemed blissfully unaware of the peril she was in.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] peril (of something) the fact of something being dangerous or harmful a warning about the perils of drug abuse
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin peric(u)lum ‘danger’, from the base of experiri ‘to try’.Extra examples Ignore these warnings at your peril. We face the immediate peril of being bought out by another company. a campaign illustrating the perils of drug abuse the great perils facing the environment the perils posed by global warming She gave a warning about the perils of drug abuse. The country’s economy is now in grave peril.Idioms
    do something at your (own) peril
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    used to warn somebody that if they do something, it may be dangerous or cause them problems Teachers ignore the importance of these results at their peril.
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