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Definition of peril noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (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. Idioms
    do something at your (own) peril
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    used to warn someone 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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