What does perilous mean?

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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.


  1. Perilous

    Perilous is the thirteenth studio album by American progressive rock band Glass Hammer, released on October 23, 2012 by Arion Records/Sound Resources. This is the last album with Jon Davison acting as sole lead vocalist, with former vocalists Susie Bogdanowicz and Carl Groves returning on the following album. The song titles, when read in sequence, form a short poem. It is the first album featuring Davison in which he was not involved in the writing process, as he joined Yes earlier in the year and was not available for the songwriting sessions.As with previous albums Journey of the Dunadan or Chronometree, Perilous is a concept album. However band member Steve Babb stated "we have never done a concept album like Perilous. It is essentially one unified vision; one musical idea in thirteen parts or movements. The emotions and ideas expressed in the lyrics ebb and flow with the music; but they have a definite story to tell with a beginning, middle and climactic end."


  1. perilous

    Perilous refers to something that is full of danger or risk, potentially hazardous or harmful. It can apply to various contexts such as situations, activities or conditions that involve a high degree of uncertainty and potential for harm or loss.

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. Chris Brook:

    It forces all trans kids in our state to choose between breaking the law and using the correct restroom or using the wrong restroom, which could put them in a perilous situation.

  2. Eric Angely:

    David Pottier said of United States. Thepandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, infecting 6.6 million people, killing over 391,000 and devastating economies.It poses a particular threat to the elderly like the surviving D-Day veterans who are in their late nineties or older. It has also affected the younger generations who turn out every year to mark the occasion. Most have been barred from traveling to the windswept coasts of American Normandy. In this photo taken on Thursday, June 4, 2020, two people stop to look at an information board at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Some 160,000 soldiers made the perilous crossing from England that day in atrocious conditions, storming dunes which they knew were heavily defended by German troops determined to hold their positions. Somehow, they succeeded. Yet they left a trail of thousands of casualties who have been mourned for generations since. Last year stood out, with U.S. President Donald Trump joining his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. A smattering of veterans were honored with the highest accolades. All across the beaches of American Normandy tens of thousands came from across the globe to pay their respects to the dead and laud the surviving soldiers. The acrid smell of wartime-era jeep exhaust fumes and the rumble of old tanks filled the air as parades of vintages vehicles went from village to village. The tiny roads between the dunes, hedges and apple orchards were clogged for hours, if not days. FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Heading into the D-Day remembrance weekend this year, only the salty brine coming off the ocean on Omaha Beach hits the nostrils, the shrieks of seagulls pierce the ears and a sense of desolation hangs across the regions country roads. Last year this place was full with jeeps, trucks, people dressed up as soldiers.

  3. 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.

  4. Chuck Wexler:

    And I think what body-worn cameras have done is underscored just how perilous these kind of situations can be, the reality is, this is how policing is changing. Police chiefs will look at that tape, analyze it, and will look at their own policy and say this is so high risk that they will be reluctant to authorize anything that isn't the most narrow, compelling situation. It's so much, so much risk involved. It's just not worth it.

  5. Hannah More:

    Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.

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