Definition of perilous in English:

perilous

adjective

  • 1Full of danger or risk.

    ‘a perilous journey south’
    • ‘But over the past few days, the local fishermen have proved as perilous as the weather conditions.’
    • ‘Yet while each took politically perilous lead roles on controversial issues, both managed to win new four-year terms.’
    • ‘Multilayered clouds, low ceilings, winter icing, fog and high winds make air-to-ground engagements perilous among mountain peaks.’
    • ‘During the first two seasons, creators treated even the most perilous situations with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.’
    • ‘I thus embark on a perilous undertaking, knowing full well that I risk the wrath of both women and men.’
    • ‘He had immediately made the perilous journey - just to see to my funeral!’
    • ‘The situation was extremely perilous and the patrol was in danger of being wiped out by the heavy crossfire.’
    • ‘But when the distances are longer and the borders tougher, the journeys become much more perilous.’
    • ‘It was during this perilous time of greed and destruction that a prophecy was made.’
    • ‘But failure to create a viable land settlement was politically perilous.’
    • ‘To dismiss and to ignore this further issue as an irrelevancy is absolutely perilous.’
    • ‘The defender, recognizing his perilous position, then forces the space open.’
    • ‘One minute he would be home, the next gone on a perilous mission.’
    • ‘After a while, the trio finally got underway and started their perilous journey.’
    • ‘For mothers and children, the situation is even more perilous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If life in politics is precarious, it seems to be particularly perilous for those who are close to him.’
    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. 1.1Exposed 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

perilous

/ˈperələs/