Definition of perilous in English:

perilous

adjective

  • 1Full of danger or risk.

    ‘a perilous journey south’
    • ‘Despite the government's policies, many more people are about to undertake these perilous voyages.’
    • ‘But over the past few days, the local fishermen have proved as perilous as the weather conditions.’
    • ‘If they did not, the situation may be even more perilous.’
    • ‘If life in politics is precarious, it seems to be particularly perilous for those who are close to him.’
    • ‘One minute he would be home, the next gone on a perilous mission.’
    • ‘During the first two seasons, creators treated even the most perilous situations with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.’
    • ‘The travel back wasn't nearly as perilous as the travel into the forest.’
    • ‘He had immediately made the perilous journey - just to see to my funeral!’
    • ‘To dismiss and to ignore this further issue as an irrelevancy is absolutely 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.’
    • ‘The situation was extremely perilous and the patrol was in danger of being wiped out by the heavy crossfire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when the distances are longer and the borders tougher, the journeys become much more perilous.’
    • ‘Multilayered clouds, low ceilings, winter icing, fog and high winds make air-to-ground engagements perilous among mountain peaks.’
    • ‘I thus embark on a perilous undertaking, knowing full well that I risk the wrath of both women and men.’
    • ‘For mothers and children, the situation is even more perilous.’
    • ‘Yet while each took politically perilous lead roles on controversial issues, both managed to win new four-year terms.’
    • ‘He does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life.’
    dangerous, fraught with danger, hazardous, risky, unsafe, treacherous
    precarious, vulnerable, uncertain, insecure, critical, desperate, exposed, at risk, in jeopardy, in danger, touch-and-go
    problematic, difficult
    hairy, dicey
    gnarly
    parlous
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    1. 1.1 Exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin.
      ‘the economy is in a perilous state’
      • ‘His financial state is also said to be increasingly perilous.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˈperələs/