dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully.
soldiers on a dangerous mission hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure.
claims that smoking is hazardous to your health precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty.
earned a precarious living by gambling perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger.
perilous mountain roadsrisky often applies to a known and accepted danger.
shied away from risky investments
Examples of perilous in a Sentence
a perilous journey across the mountains
a perilous journey through hostile territory
Recent Examples on the WebCommentaries have exalted him as the unyielding leader needed for such perilous times, when China’s ascent could be threatened by domestic economic risks or hostility from the United States and other Western powers.
New York Times, 7 Nov. 2021 Feasibility studies showed that a private restaurant would help him keep costs down, a safer bet in these perilous times.
Chris Schalkx, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Aug. 2021 These are perilous times for big-time college sports.
BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 The approach is perilous, to put it mildly: His boat has to find its way through a narrow slip of jagged rocks to get near enough to dock; there’s no proper mooring, just a spit of concrete on the rocks with a metal ladder to scramble up.
Wendy Goodman, Curbed, 20 Dec. 2021 But the weeks or months preceding departure can be just as perilous.
Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 The first thousand-mile push southward would have been particularly perilous.
Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 The World has never experienced war that threatens active nuclear power infrastructure, and world leaders may be underestimating the peril conventional warfare presents to these powerful and perilous assets.
Craig Hooper, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 McKenzie’s military experience with Iran has been perilous and bloody.
Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021
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