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perilous

[per-uh-luh s] /ˈpɛr ə ləs/
adjective
1.
involving or full of grave risk or peril; hazardous; dangerous:
a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French perillous < Latin perīculōsus. See peril, -ous
Related forms
perilously, adverb
perilousness, noun
nonperilous, adjective
nonperilously, adverb
unperilous, adjective
unperilously, adverb
Synonyms
risky.
Antonyms
safe.
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Examples for perilous
  • Her perilous dash from sandy nest to open sea is the first of many dangerous journeys she makes.
  • The last thousand feet down a steep slope of frozen, windswept scree were especially perilous.
  • The crabs' have a surprising and perilous migration from the island's interior to the sea.
  • Crosswalks can be especially perilous for the elderly.
  • Small significant steps in perilous times keep us moving ahead.
  • The author chronicles his potentially perilous diving search.
  • History is a guide to navigation in perilous times.
  • It is perilous to do so, but you can do it if it does not become a pattern.
  • Jack careens from one perilous predicament to the next.
  • We are in for perilous times.
British Dictionary definitions for perilous

perilous

/ˈpɛrɪləs/
adjective
1.
very hazardous or dangerous a perilous journey
Derived Forms
perilously, adverb
perilousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perilous
perilous
late 13c., from O.Fr. perillous (Fr. périlleux) "dangerous, hazardous," from L. periculosus, from periculum "dangerous" (see peril).
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