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adjective per·il·ous \ˈper-ə-ləs, ˈpe-rə-\

Definition of perilous

  1. :  full of or involving peril a perilous journey

perilously

adverb

perilousness

noun

Examples of perilous in a Sentence

  1. a perilous journey across the mountains

  2. a perilous journey through hostile territory

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First Known Use of perilous

14th century

Synonym Discussion of perilous

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

PERILOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of perilous for English Language Learners

  • : full of danger


PERILOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective per·il·ous \ˈper-ə-ləs\

Definition of perilous for Students

  1. :  dangerous 1 a perilous journey

perilously

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