Origin of perilous
Examples from the Web for perilous
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
It is a tricky and perilous path, but there are no realistic alternatives.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran|Leslie H. Gelb|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But if Mare Nostrum ends, it could be a tragic day for migrants making the perilous crossing.Are European Rescuers Enticing Migrants to Their Deaths?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately, this can result in sending a well-intentioned but perilous message.
And now Persecuted holds up a mirror to the perilous situation facing increasingly disenfranchised Christians in modern America.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream|Candida Moss|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At this perilous moment Don Rafael perceived that his horse was sensibly slackening his pace.The Tiger Hunter|Mayne Reid
It was a perilous adventure, with the ever present danger of falling into the sea.The Romance of Aircraft|Lawrence Yard Smith
His power is perilous in the partiality of will, and his heart full of hollowness in the protestation of love.
A suspicion flashed into her mind, knowing the perilous ways that sometimes had to be run.The Salamander|Owen Johnson
The men went back to their perilous work, (p. 346) harder by so much to all of them because two were gone.Children of the Tenements|Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for perilous
Word Origin and History for perilous
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.