Definition of perilous in English:

perilous

adjective

  • 1Full of danger or risk.

    ‘a perilous journey south’
    • ‘If life in politics is precarious, it seems to be particularly perilous for those who are close to him.’
    • ‘I thus embark on a perilous undertaking, knowing full well that I risk the wrath of both women and men.’
    • ‘It was during this perilous time of greed and destruction that a prophecy was made.’
    • ‘But when the distances are longer and the borders tougher, the journeys become much more perilous.’
    • ‘One minute he would be home, the next gone on a perilous mission.’
    • ‘He had immediately made the perilous journey - just to see to my funeral!’
    • ‘The defender, recognizing his perilous position, then forces the space open.’
    • ‘He does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life.’
    • ‘The travel back wasn't nearly as perilous as the travel into the forest.’
    • ‘For mothers and children, the situation is even more perilous.’
    • ‘But failure to create a viable land settlement was politically perilous.’
    • ‘After a while, the trio finally got underway and started their perilous journey.’
    • ‘Yet while each took politically perilous lead roles on controversial issues, both managed to win new four-year terms.’
    • ‘If they did not, the situation may be even more perilous.’
    • ‘Despite the government's policies, many more people are about to undertake these perilous voyages.’
    • ‘Multilayered clouds, low ceilings, winter icing, fog and high winds make air-to-ground engagements perilous among mountain peaks.’
    • ‘But over the past few days, the local fishermen have proved as perilous as the weather conditions.’
    • ‘During the first two seasons, creators treated even the most perilous situations with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.’
    • ‘The situation was extremely perilous and the patrol was in danger of being wiped out by the heavy crossfire.’
    • ‘To dismiss and to ignore this further issue as an irrelevancy is absolutely perilous.’
    dangerous, fraught with danger, hazardous, risky, unsafe, treacherous
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    1. 1.1 Exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin.
      ‘the economy is in a perilous state’
      • ‘The prospect of mass destruction made real the perilous state of western civilization.’
      • ‘We are appalled at the perilous state of the farming and fishing industries.’
      • ‘His financial state is also said to be increasingly perilous.’
      dangerous, risky, hazardous, precarious, life-threatening, high-risk, treacherous, insecure, unsound, vulnerable, exposed, defenceless
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French perillous, from Latin periculosus, from periculum ‘danger’ (see peril).

Pronunciation

perilous

/ˈpɛrɪləs/