perilous Definition

  • 1full of danger or risk
  • 2involving or exposing one to risk or harm

Using perilous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "perilous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The journey through the mountains was perilous.

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    It was a perilous climb up the steep cliff.

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    The storm made driving conditions perilous.

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    The situation is becoming increasingly perilous.

perilous Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for perilous

Phrases with perilous

  • a dangerous or risky trip


    The adventurers embarked on a perilous journey across the desert.

  • a dangerous or risky circumstance


    The soldiers found themselves in a perilous situation, surrounded by enemy forces.

  • a period marked by danger or risk


    The country is going through perilous times, with economic instability and political unrest.

Origins of perilous

from Old French 'perilleus', from Latin 'periculosus', from 'periculum' meaning 'danger'


Summary: perilous in Brief

'Perilous' [ˈperələs] means full of danger or risk, often involving exposure to harm. It is used to describe situations that are dangerous or risky, such as 'The journey through the mountains was perilous.' 'Perilous' can also be used in phrases like 'perilous journey' and 'perilous situation,' and it has formal synonyms like 'risky' and 'dangerous.'