From Middle English jepardie, from Old French jeu parti (“a divided game, i.e. an even game, an even chance”), from Medieval Latin iocus partītus (“an even chance, an alternative”), from Latin iocus (“jest, play, game”) + partītus, perfect passive participle of partiō (“divide”); see joke and party.
jeopardy (plural jeopardies)
- Danger of loss, harm, or failure.
- The poor condition of the vehicle put its occupants in constant jeopardy.
- 2006, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: Killer Smile, Introduction, p.4
- It seemed to me I could do something in that vein with my characters: the ticking clock, dire jeopardy, quick changes of fortune, small acts having huge consequences.
2011 January 11, Jonathan Stevenson, “West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham”, in BBC:
- When Obinna was red carded shortly after for a ridiculous kick on Larsson it seemed as though West Ham's hopes of reaching Wembley, and in turn Grant's of keeping his job, lay in serious jeopardy.
- jeopardy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- jeopardy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911