perilous

[per-uh-luhs]
adjective
involving or full of grave risk or peril; hazardous; dangerous: a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French perillous < Latin perīculōsus. See peril, -ous

perilously, adverb
perilousness, noun
nonperilous, adjective
nonperilously, adverb
unperilous, adjective
unperilously, adverb


risky.


safe.
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perilous (ˈpɛrɪləs)
 
adj
very hazardous or dangerous: a perilous journey
 
'perilously
 
adv
 
'perilousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

perilous
late 13c., from O.Fr. perillous (Fr. périlleux) "dangerous, hazardous," from L. periculosus, from periculum "dangerous" (see peril).
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Example sentences
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.
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