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  • the terrorist attack imperils peace talks
  • 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 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
  • What had tempted her to imperil both of their lives.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nobody seemed interested in the wantonly imperilled life.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ED".)
  • The Creole woman does not take any chances which may be avoided of imperiling her health.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • You have already imperilled the whole success of our expedition.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ED".)
  • I warn you, however, Eragon Shur'tugal, do not imperil yourself on such needlessly dangerous ventures.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ED".)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ED".)
  • 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
  • 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
(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ED".)

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