perish [per-ish] SynonymsWord Origin verb (used without object)
- to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake.
- to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished.
- to suffer destruction or ruin: His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
- to suffer spiritual death: Save us, lest we perish.
- perish the thought, may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.
Origin of perish 1200–50; Middle English perissen Old French periss-, long stem of perir Latin perīre to perish, literally, go through, spend fully, equivalent to per-+ īre to goRelated formsper·ish·less, adjectiveper·ish·ment, nounun·per·ished, adjectiveSynonyms for perish 1. . 2. , , , , .Synonym study 1. See .Antonyms for perish 2. . British Dictionary definitions for perish the thought perish verb (intr)
- to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way
- (tr sometimes followed by with or from) to cause to sufferwe were perished with cold
- to rotleather perishes if exposed to bad weather
- perish the thought! may it never be or happen thus
- do a perish Australian informal to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation
Word Origin for perish C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perīre to pass away entirely, from per- (away) + īre to go Word Origin and History for perish the thought perish v.
mid-13c., from periss- present participle stem of Old French perir “perish, be lost, be shipwrecked” (12c.), from Latin perire “to be lost, perish,” literally “to go through,” from per- “through, completely, to destruction” (see) + ire “to go” (see ). Related: Perished; perishing.
Idioms and Phrases with perish the thought perish the thought
Don’t even think of it. This expression is used as a wish that what was just mentioned will never happen. For example, He’s going to give another speech? Perish the thought! This phrase appeared in Handel’s oratorio Joshua (1748; text by Thomas Morell): “It never shall be said that our allies in vain implor’d our aid. Perish the thought!” Also see god forbid.
In addition to the idiom beginning with perish