per•ilPronunciation: (per'ul), [key]
—n., v., -iled, -il•ing or (esp. Brit.) -illed, -il•ling.
exposure to injury, loss, or destruction; grave risk; jeopardy; danger: They faced the peril of falling rocks.
something that causes or may cause injury, loss, or destruction.
to expose to danger; imperil; risk.
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