perilous

Definitions

  • The perils of Cycling
    The perils of Cycling
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj perilous 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Perils of crossing the road Perils of crossing the road
Mining a Lurking Peril Mining a Lurking Peril
CUTTING THE LINE—A MOMENT OF PERIL CUTTING THE LINE—A MOMENT OF PERIL

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perilous Daring; reckless; dangerous. "For I am perilous with knife in hand."
    • Perilous Full of, attended with, or involving, peril; dangerous; hazardous; as, a perilous undertaking. "Infamous hills, and sandy, perilous wilds."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perilous Full of peril or danger; dangerous; hazardous, risky: as, a perilous undertaking or situation; a perilous attempt.
    • perilous Terrible; to be feared; liable to inflict injury or harm; dangerous.
    • perilous Sharp; sarcastic; smart. Compare parlous.
    • perilous Synonyms Risky. See danger.
    • perilous Exceedingly; very.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Perilous full of peril: dangerous
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.”
  • C. H. Webb
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    “For I've been born and I've been wed -- all of man's peril comes of bed.”
  • Jean Francois Regnard
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    “It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts.”
  • John Mason Brown
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    “No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.”
  • Tobias G. Smollett
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    “Glory is the child of peril.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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    “Life is action and passion; therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. perillous, perilleus, F. périlleux, L. periculosus,. See Peril
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. péril—L. periculum.

Usage

In literature:

When even thine own's in peril?
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Nothing but the dread certainty of my peril kept me awake.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Provided with boats, life-lines, and other accessories, the men started from Cimarron on their perilous trip.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
But it was full of peril.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
The worst of it was that we had shortly to face a deadly peril.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Even then the peril was not over.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Perils of all sorts surround her!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Peril of the Garrison.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
As for the degree of peril in a crossing of Scalawag Run, she was not aware of it; she was from St. John's, not out-port born.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
The nation is in great peril.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
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In poetry:

The ancient rune of the venturer man,
Builder of ships since the world began,
To brave the perils and dare the ways
Of the sea that serves him, the sea that slays.
"The Builders" by Cicely Fox Smith
Whither we know, and whence,
And dare not care wherethrough.
Desires that urge the sense,
Fears changing old with new,
Perils and pains beset the ways we press into;
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
As young Tobias thou didst save of yore,
Both from the river-monster, and the fiend,
So save me, Lord! by thy Almighty Pow'r,
From all the perils, which may me attend.
"The Traveller's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
There are three degrees of bliss
At the foot of Allah's Throne
And the highest place is his
Who saves a brother's soul
At peril of his own.
There is the Power made known!
"The Jester" by Rudyard Kipling
Thus, after he had fondly braved
The perilous Deep, the Boy was saved;
And, though his fancies had been wild,
Yet he was pleased and reconciled
To live in peace on shore.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
In heav'n's loud trump I blew a dreadful blast,
To shew how God pours vengeance on his foes;
Yet still thou snorest-on unto the last,
And nought can break thy perilous repose.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard

In news:

The piping plovers already are flying toward peril.
In 2008, we were among the voices of the Heartland that warned of the perils of a Barack Obama presidency.
Peace treaty in peril.
Adventurer who grew up in Cedarburg plans a return to the South Pole, but this time on a bicycle to illustrate need for alternative transportation, perils of global warming.
And the Perils of Revolution.
New forecasts could help transoceanic flights avoid peril.
Sword- Bearing Islamist Signals Peril for Arab Democracies.
For Cuomo and Christie, Sandy Offers Peril and Possibilities.
Historians who write about close friends or relatives do so at their peril.
Billionaire Nathan Tinkler's rags-to-riches story in peril as his debt woes increase.
Recently I was talking about the perils of cold-weather skin—dryness, tightness and flakiness—with Jason Ascher, the Resident Artist at Barney's New York.
Modern Warfare and Fungus and the Perils of a Compelling Booty .
" Catfish " and the Perils of Online Dating.
ARCTIC IN PERIL LAST IN A SERIES.
Winter economy in peril due to climate change .
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In science:

However, the discussion above highlights the perils of determining the luminosity function from binned data and we therefore leave any parametric derivation to the following section.
The Canada-France High-z Quasar Survey: nine new quasars and the luminosity function at redshift 6
Prochaska (2006) widely discuss the limits and perils of the COG analysis applied to low resolution data.
VLT/UVES and FORS2 spectroscopy of the GRB 081008 afterglow
To predict the scientific impact of a pro ject on a specific topic can be a very perilous exercise, especially when the pro ject observes domains of astrophysical parameters never explored before.
The impact of Gaia and LSST on binary stars and exo-planets
Figure 4 brings out the perils of using unrealistic strain-rate MD calculations as a tool for insight and discovery.
Realistic time-scale fully atomistic simulations of surface nucleation of dislocations in pristine nanopillars
And our improved understanding of this structure helps us to not oversimplify situations in which we might be first tempted to overlook their complexity at our peril.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
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