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For his perilous and laborious work it was better, he judged, that he should not be married.

During this service, the most perilous action occurred in which he was ever engaged.

And these perilous contacts from all these strange hands he must endure.

The Germans made that quite as perilous a venture as the advance had been.

They were in a perilous position, right beneath the guns of the fortress.

Do not imagine that America stands alone on this perilous path of reform.

The day had been very fatiguing; the retreat was long and perilous.

It would have been perilous had it been the monument of some mere litterateur.

They had a perilous fascination for him, but he grudged them to Naomi.

But in the pride of his perilous mission he bore himself bravely.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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