Meaning of “peril” in the English Dictionary

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"peril" in British English

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perilnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈper.əl/ us /ˈper.əl/ formal

great danger, or something that is very dangerous:

I never felt that my life was in peril.
The journey through the mountains was fraught with peril (= full of dangers).
Teenagers must be warned about the perils of unsafe sex.
do sth at your peril

to do something that might be very dangerous for you:

We underestimate the destructiveness of war at our peril.

(Definition of “peril” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peril" in American English

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perilnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈper·əl/ fml

danger, or something that is dangerous:

[ U ] The president said that we are entering a time of great peril.

(Definition of “peril” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"peril" in Business English

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perilnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈperəl/ us

INSURANCE the cause of an injury, the reason something has been damaged, etc.:

The main perils covered are fire, lightning, explosion, and earthquake.

(Definition of “peril” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)