What does perilous mean?

Definitions for perilous
ˈpɛr ə ləsper·ilous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parlous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-goadjective

    fraught with danger

    "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"


  1. perilousadjective

    Dangerous, full of peril.

  2. Etymology: perilleus, from the noun peril.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perilousadjective

    Etymology: perileux, Fr. from peril.

    Alterations in the service of God, for that they impair the credit of religion, are therefore perilous in common-weals, which have no continuance longer than religion hath all reverence done unto it. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 2.

    Her guard is chastity,
    She that has that is clad in compleat steel,
    And like a quiver’d nymph with arrows keen
    May trace huge forests and unharbour’d heaths,
    Infamous hills and sandy perilous wilds. John Milton.

    Dictate propitious to my duteous ear,
    What arts can captivate the changeful seer:
    For perilous th’ assay, unheard the toil
    T’ elude the prescience of a God by guile. Alexander Pope.

    Into the perilous flood
    Bear fearless. James Thomson.

    Thus was th’ accomplish’d squire endu’d
    With gifts and knowledge per’lous shrewd. Hudibras.

    ’Tis a per’lous boy,
    Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable;
    He’s all the mother’s from the top to toe. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perilousadjective

    full of, attended with, or involving, peril; dangerous; hazardous; as, a perilous undertaking

  2. Perilousadjective

    daring; reckless; dangerous

  3. Etymology: [OF. perillous, perilleus, F. prilleux, L. periculosus. See Peril.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perilous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perilous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of perilous in a Sentence

  1. Pete Sessions:

    History provides perspective and lessons learned — some hard lessons. Rewriting or erasing history is a dangerous game that sets a perilous precedent, we ought to look to our past as a guiding compass to improve our future.

  2. Thomas Mann:

    Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.

  3. Dallas Woodhouse:

    I think it is perilous to our system of democratic government for the courts to reassign political power that was won at the ballot box by one party based on what the court thinks is fairness, because that's elusive, i think you have to be concerned that more and more of the state courts are being attempted to be used to settle political disputes for one party when they were unsuccessful at the ballot box.

  4. Niccolo Machiavelli "The Prince" 1532:

    There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

  5. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston:

    It would be perilous for us, as leaders of the Church, to consider that the scandal of clergy sexual abuse is for the most part a matter of history and not a pressing concern here and now, its not a pleasant topic. It's easier just to ignore it and hope it will go away (but) when we are defensive and secretive, the results are disastrous.

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    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • A. investigating
    • B. value
    • C. contribution
    • D. purse

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