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Peril

The designated contingency, risk, or hazard against which an insured seeks to protect himself or herself when purchasing a policy of insurance.

Among the various types of perils for which insurance coverage is available are fire, theft, illness, and death.

peril

noun approach of danger, crisis, danger, dangerrus situation, desperate situation, emergency, endangerment, exposure to danger, exposure to destruction, exposure to harm, exposure to injury, exposure to loss, hazard, hopelessness, imperilment, insecurity, jeopardy, liability to injury, parlous state, precariousness, predicament, risk, source of danger, source of risk, susceptibility, susceptivity, threat, uncertainty, unhealthy situation, unsureness, vulnerability, vulnerable point
Associated concepts: common peril, discovered peril, doctrine of discovered peril, doctrine of last clear chance, manifest peril, unforseen peril
See also: danger, endanger, hazard, jeopardize, jeopardy, menace, pitfall, risk, threat, venture

PERIL. The accident by which a thing is lost Lee,. Dr. Rom. 911.

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If, heretofore, l had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North,--even in Mas- sachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants of revolutionary sires; and I ap- pealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery,--law or no law, con- stitution or no constitution.
Her affection for him was still the chief sentiment in her heart; and he spoke without anger: he spoke in the deep tenderness of one about to leave his treasure amid perils and foes, where his remembered words would be the only aid that he could bequeath to guide her.
She saw all these perils -- and still the cruel courage to face the worst, and speak, was as far from her as ever.
The more she saw of this weakness in her fellows, the more satisfied she was that, being forewarned, she was also forearmed against an attack of it on herself, much as if a doctor were to conclude that he could not catch smallpox because he had seen many cases of it; or as if a master mariner, knowing that many ships are wrecked in the British channel, should venture there without a pilot, thinking that he knew its perils too well to run any risk of them.
I felt willing rather to starve at sea than to confront such perils.
After a very short time the pleasant easy life I led made me quite forget the perils of my two voyages.
The hearts of the old people and women sunk within them when they reflected what perils they had sent their sons, and husbands, and brothers to encounter.
There was hardly a hope, or a possibility, that any young man who should undertake this voyage would either succeed in obtaining the Golden Fleece, or would survive to return home, and tell of the perils he had run.
These, however, were not the worst of their difficulties and perils.
Of the perils that attend the lonely trapper, the reader will have sufficient proof, when he comes, in the after part of this work, to learn the hard fortunes of these poor fellows in the course of their wild peregrinations.
I know not how, but martial men are given to love: I think, it is but as they are given to wine; for perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.