- jeopardy:  The semantic focus of jeopardy has changed subtly over the centuries. Originally it meant ‘even chance’, but gambling being the risky business it is, and human nature having a strong streak of pessimism, attention was soon focussed on the ‘chanciness’ rather than the ‘evenness’, and by the late 14th century jeopardy was being used in its modern sense ‘risk of loss or harm, danger’. The word originated in the Old French expression jeu parti, literally ‘divided play’, hence ‘even chance’. It was to begin with a term in chess and similar board games.
- jeopardy (n.)
- c. 1300, ioparde (13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French jeu parti, literally "a divided game, game with even chances," from jeu "a game" (from Latin iocus "jest;" see joke (n.)) + parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). Originally "a stratagem;" sense of "danger, risk" is late 14c.
- 1. A series of setbacks have put the whole project in jeopardy.
- 2. His foolish behaviour may put his whole future in jeopardy.
- 3. Jeopardy is a perfect example.
- 4. Such a step will, of course, place your credIt'standing in serious jeopardy.
- 当然, 这样一种措施使贵方的信用处于严重的危机之中.
- 5. The villagers'lives were in jeopardy during the blizzard.
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