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Meaning of PERILOUS

Pronunciation:  'pereelus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  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"

PERILOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dangerous, parlous, precarious, touch-and-go, unsafe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per"il*ous\, a. [OF. perillous, perilleus, F.
p['e]rilleux, L. periculosus. See {Peril}.] [Written also
1. Full of, attended with, or involving, peril; dangerous;
   hazardous; as, a perilous undertaking.

         Infamous hills, and sandy, perilous wilds. --Milton.

2. Daring; reckless; dangerous. [Obs.] --Latimer.

         For I am perilous with knife in hand. --Chaucer.
   -- {Per"il*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Per"il*ous*ness}, n.

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