March 26, 2018
peril (noun)
\PAIR-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the state of being in danger of injury, loss, or destruction2 : something that presents immediate danger
How do you use it?
"Winnie thought about this peril to the frogs, and sighed. ‘It'd be nice,' she said, ‘if nothing ever had to die.'"
Are you a word wiz?

"Peril" is a word often used by writers in stories about danger and courage. In what book do you think you can find the lines using "peril" that we have quoted in our example?

It was Natalie Babbitt who penned our quotation in _Tuck Everlasting_, choosing "peril" to get across her meaning. But "peril" has some synonyms you might like to try, among them "hazard" and "risk." You can use "peril" to suggest an immediate danger and a cause for fear (as in, "many lives in peril during the storm"). Try "hazard" to get across the idea of danger from something beyond a person's control (such as in, "aware of the hazards of fire fighting"). "Risk" is a good choice to suggest a danger that occurs from taking chances freely (for example, "heedless of the risks involved in exploring unknown caves").
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