Perilously
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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  • perilously — per|il|ous|ly [ perələsli ] adverb MAINLY LITERARY in a way that is dangerous or can cause serious problems: They are perilously low on food and medical supplies. perilously close to (doing) something at a point at which you nearly do something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • perilously — UK [ˈperələslɪ] / US adverb mainly literary in a way that is dangerous or that can cause serious problems They are perilously low on food and medical supplies. • perilously close to (doing) something at a point at which you nearly do something… …   English dictionary

  • perilously — adv. Perilously is used with these adjectives: ↑close, ↑thin …   Collocations dictionary

  • perilously — per|il|ous|ly [ˈperıləsli] adv literary or formal in a way that is dangerous and likely to result in something bad soon = ↑dangerously ▪ Karpov, the champion, came perilously close to losing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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

  • perilously — adverb see perilous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • perilously — See perilous. * * * …   Universalium

  • perilously — adverb In a perilous manner …   Wiktionary

  • perilously — perɪlÉ™slɪ adv. dangerously, hazardously, in a risky manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • perilously — per·il·ous·ly …   English syllables

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