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peril | perilous | perilously

peril perilous perilously
great danger
  • How to Memorize
    • peril - danger
  • Analysis

    If somebody or something is in ‘peril’, then they are in imminent, often mortal danger or at risk of having something bad happen. It is a formal word that is today most commonly used to express a looming disaster in a professional or political context.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsjeopardyhazard, menace,
    Antonymssafety, immunity, sanctuary,
  • Example(s)
    1. John put his own life in peril by jumping in the sea to rescue his friend from drowning.

    2. We need strong and decisive leadership to lead the nation through this perilous time.

    3. Last year was a rough one for the business. We came perilously close to going into administration.

    4. I believe that it’s vital we address these issues. Management ignores them at their own peril.