per·​il·​ous | \ ˈper-ə-ləs How to pronounce perilous (audio) , ˈpe-rə-\

Definition of perilous

: full of or involving peril a perilous journey

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Other Words from perilous

perilously adverb
perilousness noun

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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 roads risky 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

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That should remind investors that finding themselves on the wrong side of major central banks can be perilous. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Bad News Is Good News for Stocks Again," 18 Feb. 2019 The Temporary Protected Status designation is a humanitarian program that protects immigrants in the United States whose countries have been deemed too perilous to return to because of natural disaster or armed conflicts. Akilah Johnson,, "In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants," 13 July 2018 The crucial point of the rescue was a very narrow section with a turn, perilous to navigate even for experts. George Styllis,, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright,, "Rescue of remaining 4 boys, coach from flooded Thai cave could take two operations," 9 July 2018 The telling, hopeful, perilous, confounding greatness of baseball rests with its 162-game season. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: Reds should hold cards until after the season," 1 July 2018 Along the way, the Indians (29-5) — who shared the Duneland Athletic Conference title with Crown Point as part of a challenging regular-season schedule — navigated a perilous postseason path. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "Lake Central's Jeff Sherman is the 2018 Post-Tribune Softball Coach of the Year," 23 June 2018 And so these showrunners took an hour to think and laugh and talk about pushing the envelope, their behind-the-scenes battles and the perilous state of comedy today. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, ""Comedy Is Heading into a Very Dangerous Place": The Comedy Showrunners Roundtable," 11 June 2018 But that scenario also includes the perilous downside of being stuck with an old roster and next to no assets if James bolts. Ben Ladner,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Preview: Will LeBron James Stay or Go?," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of perilous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perilous

Middle English perilous, perelous, borrowed from Anglo-French perilleus, perillous, going back to Latin perīculōsus, from perīculum "test, risk, peril entry 1" + -ōsus -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of perilous

somewhat formal + literary : full of danger


per·​il·​ous | \ ˈper-ə-ləs How to pronounce perilous (audio) \

Kids Definition of perilous

: dangerous sense 1 a perilous journey

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perilously adverb

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