Examples of perilous in a Sentence
a perilous journey across the mountains
a perilous journey through hostile territory
Recent Examples of perilous from the Web
But much of the rest of the island lies in the chokehold of a turgid, frustrating and perilous slog toward recovery.
In a perilous twist, what were once your strengths can become weaknesses.
Yet millions of people remain in perilous financial shape, with little to buffer them in the event of a layoff.
The ruin of Kilcoe, about 10 minutes away, became a favorite picnicking spot, where Irons and the boys enjoyed scampering up the walls to view the bay from perilous heights.
The danger is that multinationals will move production to offshore tax havens en masse, severely eroding America's corporate tax base, shrinking future revenues, and deepening deficits already on a perilous trajectory.
Despite his father’s fame as a sculptor, Calder’s family had never really achieved economic security—and with the crash of the stock market and the coming of the Depression, their situation seemed increasingly perilous.
The good news for congressional Republicans is that the GOP overcame the first perilous Senate hurdle on the road to enacting tax-cut legislation.
And there are probably a half-dozen other time bombs just as perilous lurking in the pile of cocktail napkins that is the bill’s current text.
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First Known Use of perilous
Synonymsgrave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, menacing, parlous, dangerous, risky, serious, threatening, unhealthy, unsafe, venturesome
Antonymsharmless, innocent, innocuous, nonhazardous, nonthreatening, safe, unthreatening
Related Wordsdicey, insecure, precarious, treacherous, uncertain; ultrahazardous; chance, haphazard, random; distressing, sickening, unpleasant; ugly, wicked; adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, inimical, injurious, malignant, nasty, noxious, pernicious, pestilent; deadly, deathly, destructive, dire, fatal, fateful, fell, killer, lethal, mortal, murderous
Near Antonymsadvantageous, beneficial, good; ultrasafe
Synonym Discussion of perilous
- soldiers on a dangerous mission
- claims that smoking is hazardous to your health
- earned a precarious living by gambling
- perilous mountain roads
- shied away from risky investments
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