perilous

[per-uh-luhs]

adjective

involving or full of grave risk or peril; hazardous; dangerous: a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat.

Origin of perilous

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French perillous < Latin perīculōsus. See peril, -ous
Related formsper·il·ous·ly, adverbper·il·ous·ness, nounnon·per·il·ous, adjectivenon·per·il·ous·ly, adverbun·per·il·ous, adjectiveun·per·il·ous·ly, adverb

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perilous

adjective

very hazardous or dangerousa perilous journey
Derived Formsperilously, adverbperilousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for perilous
adj.

c.1300, from Old French perillos "perilous, dangerous" (Modern French périlleux) "dangerous, hazardous," from Latin periculosus "dangerous, hazardous," from periculum "a danger, attempt, risk" (see peril). Related: Perilously; perilousness.

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