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