Perilous
Perilous Per"il*ous, a. [OF. perillous, perilleus, F. p['e]rilleux, L. periculosus. See {Peril}.] [Written also {perillous}.] 1. Full of, attended with, or involving, peril; dangerous; hazardous; as, a perilous undertaking. [1913 Webster]

Infamous hills, and sandy, perilous wilds. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Daring; reckless; dangerous. [Obs.] --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

For I am perilous with knife in hand. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] -- {Per"il*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Per"il*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • perilous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ full of danger or risk. DERIVATIVES perilously adverb perilousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • perilous — [per′ə ləs] adj. [OFr perilleus < L periculosus] involving peril or risk; dangerous perilously adv. perilousness n …   English World dictionary

  • perilous — [[t]pe̱rɪləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is perilous is very dangerous. [LITERARY] ...a perilous journey across the war zone... The road grew even steeper and more perilous. ...perilous cliffs. Syn: dangerous Derived words: perilously ADV… …   English dictionary

  • perilous — adjective Date: 14th century full of or involving peril < a perilous journey > Synonyms: see dangerous • perilously adverb • perilousness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • perilous — perilously, adv. perilousness, n. /per euh leuhs/, adj. involving or full of grave risk or peril; hazardous; dangerous: a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat. [1250 1300; ME < AF perillous < L periculosus. See PERIL, OUS] Syn.… …   Universalium

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