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Periclitate

Periclitate

puh-RIK-li-tate

Definition: to endanger, to be in a dangerous situation.

Origin:

Dated back to the 1650’s, this verb stems from the Latin pericltari and periculum meaning experiment or risk.

Why this word?

In 2012, this word is everything but extinct. MS Word marks it as misspell and no one knows it, but mainly- there just aren’t any good synonyms for the noun danger, surely not for the verb… So this is a very good one to have.

How to use periclitate?

Use this verb in the exact same way you’d use ‘to endanger’.

I wouldn’t let Dana go with you if I thought you will periclitate her“.

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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