What does the word imperil mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To endanger.

Usage examples for imperil

  1. I could see all the ankle- high railings which beset the unwary passenger and may at any moment break his legs and his nose, imperil his dignity and ruin his hat. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  2. Gracious lord, he said, quietly, not to say sarcastically, I consider it a great calamity for a human being to imperil his life for a mere brute, especially when he has urgent need of that life, but your grace has made the decision and I know it will be carried out. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
  3. He would give such orders as would be necessary for the good of the state; without interfering in matters of home government, he would not allow acts of tyranny and cruelty that would imperil the peace of the state, and perhaps bring about a rising. – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty