perish (v.) Look up perish at Dictionary.com
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 per) + ire "to go" (see ion). Related: Perished; perishing.