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  • the terrorist attack imperils peace talks
  • I told Sana that your brother’s escape depended on it—and that giving any more details could imperil the jailbreak.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Then the reputation of many would not have been imperiled on the eloquence or want of eloquence of one, and their virtues believed or not as he spoke well or ill.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • In retrospect I can see that it doubtless would have been unbearable to the point of imperiling her mind had she kept certain things bottled up; this was especially true as the summer wore on, with its foul weather of brutal emotions, and as the situation between Sophie and Nathan neared collapse.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • You have already imperilled the whole success of our expedition.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Mr. Fogg was, it is true, twenty-four hours behind his time; but this could not seriously imperil the remainder of his tour.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Here we have two very brilliant young students, each of whom runs into a problem that imperils his college career.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • At length little Jane, perceiving its young brains to be imperilled, softly left her place, and with many small artifices coaxed the dangerous weapon away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Every victim was a culprit, every culprit a victim, and somebody had to stand up sometime to try to break the lousy chain of inherited habit that was imperiling them all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The Creole woman does not take any chances which may be avoided of imperiling her health.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening

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  • How then shall I dare freely to unfold to you my mind in a matter which may imperil the life of this exalted Prince?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • This improvement upon the original usage was introduced by no less a man than Stubb, in order to afford the imperilled harpooneer the strongest possible guarantee for the faithfulness and vigilance of his monkey-rope holder.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One of the first considerations which arose in the business mind of Mr. Lorry when business hours came round, was this:—that he had no right to imperil Tellson’s by sheltering the wife of an emigrant prisoner under the Bank roof.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Charles X. during the voyage from Cherbourg, causing a round table to be cut over into a square table, appeared to be more anxious about imperilled etiquette than about the crumbling monarchy.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The only important participants absent were the original defendants; in their stead, as it were, stood Judge Tate, old Mr. Fleming, and Harrison Smith, whose careers were imperiled-not because of the appellant’s allegations per se, but because of the apparent credit the Bar Association bestowed upon them.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The greater the fog the more it imperils the steamer, and speed is put on tho’ at the hazard of running somebody down.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I warn you, however, Eragon Shur’tugal, do not imperil yourself on such needlessly dangerous ventures.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Keep him wondering what pride or lack of faith has delivered him into your hands when a simple enquiry into what he has been eating or drinking for the last twenty-four hours would show him whence your ammunition comes and thus enable him by a very little abstinence to imperil your lines of communication.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He had very little brains, it is true, but he had plenty of muscle: surely, if she provided the thought, and he the manly energy and pluck, together they could outwit the astute diplomatist, and save the hostage from his vengeful hands, without imperilling the life of the noble leader of that gallant little band of heroes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Any mistake could fatally impair the aircraft’s trim and imperil the lives of the flight crew and passengers.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It was necessary that he lead her down into his world, yet not too abruptly, lest sight and apprehension of the future imperil her capacity to think clearly and act intelligently.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • The industrial revolution was just starting up, and this new world would threaten everything people had known during the Enlightenment; at the same time, the new science and the new faith in science—including anatomical research, of course—imperiled many religious and philosophical tenets of English society in the first decades of the nineteenth century.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Now tell me, Anselmo, in which of these two art thou imperilled, that I should hazard myself to gratify thee, and do a thing so detestable as that thou seekest of me?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Once and again she shrank at the thought of imperilling his love by her confession: for love was what she needed—it would take the glow of passion to weld together the shattered fragments of her self-esteem.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Then there was the problem, oft-pondered, never solved, of what to do with the old blade, which might imperil the fingers of his young.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • This will soon make him odious to his subjects, and becoming poor he will be little valued by any one; thus, with his liberality, having offended many and rewarded few, he is affected by the very first trouble and imperilled by whatever may be the first danger; recognizing this himself, and wishing to draw back from it, he runs at once into the reproach of being miserly.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • But Mr. Bagnet, unconscious of these little defects, sets his heart on Mrs. Bagnet eating a most severe quantity of the delicacies before her; and as that good old girl would not cause him a moment’s disappointment on any day, least of all on such a day, for any consideration, she imperils her digestion fearfully.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • …engaged to be married, to Miss Faith Cartwright, a young lady of fine family and impeccable moral character, the only obstacle remaining, being his own honour, which prevented him from requesting that Miss Cartwright bind herself to a man whose life was so soon to be imperilled; and despite his damaged and at times delirious state, she is resolved to respect the wishes of the two families, as well as those of her own heart, and is at present helping me to nurse him with loyal devotion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • What had tempted her to imperil both of their lives.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Nobody seemed interested in the wantonly imperilled life.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • And, indeed, as he listened to the cries of joy rising from the town, Rieux remembered that such joy is always imperiled.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I told him then that I had had it directly from our rector that knowledge is not itself evil, it is only the use to which one puts it that may imperil the soul.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • As I have said already that it was an October day, I dare not forfeit your respect and imperil the fair name of fiction by changing the season and describing lilacs hanging over garden walls, crocuses, tulips and other flowers of spring.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • This rooting up of his life, this adventure into new lands, the effort to improve his fortune and his state, was his wedding gift to his wife—a bold one, but imperilled already by distrust, fear, and his peasant suspicion of new scenes, new faces, new departures, of any life that differed from that of his village.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • For he steals my bread and meat and bed, and in so doing imperils my life.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Camilla was astonished at Anselmo’s reply, which placed her in greater perplexity than before, for she neither dared to remain in her own house, nor yet to go to her parents’; for in remaining her virtue was imperilled, and in going she was opposing her husband’s commands.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He was worried lest during his late discontent he had imperiled his salvation.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Gerty learned that whatever sympathy her friend’s case might have excited a few months since had been imperilled, if not lost, by her association with Mrs. Hatch.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • One night, as I was in my chamber with no other companion than a damsel who waited on me, with the doors carefully locked lest my honour should be imperilled through any carelessness, I know not nor can conceive how it happened, but, with all this seclusion and these precautions, and in the solitude and silence of my retirement, I found him standing before me, a vision that so astounded me that it deprived my eyes of sight, and my tongue of speech.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • And now it is struck; for, starting from his trance into that unspeakable thing called his "flurry," the monster horribly wallowed in his blood, overwrapped himself in impenetrable, mad, boiling spray, so that the imperilled craft, instantly dropping astern, had much ado blindly to struggle out from that phrensied twilight into the clear air of the day.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "My brother!" she murmured, as one by one the heavy tears gathered in her eyes, as memory came back to her of Armand, the companion and darling of her childhood, the man for whom she had committed the deadly sin, which had so hopelessly imperilled her brave husband’s life.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • And this thou art bound to do for one reason alone, that, being, as I am, resolved to apply this test, it is not for thee to permit me to reveal my weakness to another, and so imperil that honour thou art striving to keep me from losing; and if thine may not stand as high as it ought in the estimation of Camilla while thou art paying court to her, that is of little or no importance, because ere long, on finding in her that constancy which we expect, thou canst tell her the plain truth…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …and its accompaniments, let us see now if the soldier is richer, and we shall find that in poverty itself there is no one poorer; for he is dependent on his miserable pay, which comes late or never, or else on what he can plunder, seriously imperilling his life and conscience; and sometimes his nakedness will be so great that a slashed doublet serves him for uniform and shirt, and in the depth of winter he has to defend himself against the inclemency of the weather in the open field…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …of Melisendra, who, angered to see his son-in-law’s inaction and unconcern, comes in to chide him; and observe with what vehemence and energy he chides him, so that you would fancy he was going to give him half a dozen raps with his sceptre; and indeed there are authors who say he did give them, and sound ones too; and after having said a great deal to him about imperilling his honour by not effecting the release of his wife, he said, so the tale runs, Enough I’ve said, see to it now.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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