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precipice

[pres-uh-pis] /ˈprɛs ə pɪs/
noun
1.
a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
2.
a situation of great peril:
on the precipice of war.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Latin praecipitium steep place, equivalent to praecipit- (stem of praeceps) steep, headlong (prae- pre- + -cipit-, combining form of caput head; see caput) + -ium -ium
Related forms
precipiced, adjective
unprecipiced, adjective
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precipice

/ˈprɛsɪpɪs/
noun
1.
  1. the steep sheer face of a cliff or crag
  2. the cliff or crag itself
2.
a precarious situation
Derived Forms
precipiced, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praecipitium steep place, from praeceps headlong
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Word Origin and History for un precipiced

precipice

n.

"steep face of rock," 1630s, from Middle French précipice, from Latin praecipitium "a steep place," literally "a fall or leap," from praeceps (genitive praecipitis) "steep, headlong, headfirst," from prae "before, forth" (see pre-) + caput "head" (see head (n.)). Earlier in English as a verb (1590s) meaning "fall to great depth."

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