Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being perilous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being perilous; dangerousness; danger; hazard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being dangerous

Etymologies

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perilous +‎ -ness

Examples

  • One specific trading favorite, betting on the difference in pricing between a summer and winter contract, is known in the market as the "widow maker" for its perilousness.

    Hedge Funds Whipsawed by Gas Bets

  • I've seen the thought expressed many times recently by liberals and free-thinkers that they just can't understand how someone can look at what Bush & Co. are doing and not see the idiocy, criminality, and perilousness of it.

    Why God hates Democrats, and other tortured logic

  • No: the reason was this: that from the fatal experiences of the fishery there hung a terrible prestige of perilousness about such a whale as there did about Rinaldo Rinaldini, insomuch that most fishermen were content to recognise him by merely touching their tarpaulins when he would be discovered lounging by them on the sea, without seeking to cultivate a more intimate acquaintance.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • And if she is correct about the perilousness of our own situation, as I sorrowfully believe her to be, then those who, like Mr. Stone, adhere so deeply to the natural superiority of the capitalist world would appear to have much more to learn from her than they know.

    Tuchman and History

  • Unappeased hunger, mosquitoes, and the perilousness of the situation occupy my attention for some hours, when, seeing nothing further of the vengeful aspirants for my gore, I drag my weary way up-stream, through sand and shallow water.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama

  • This conversation had been so serious to both Dot and the Kangaroo, that they had quite forgotten the perilousness of their position.

    Dot and the Kangaroo

  • The very perilousness of her position renders her solicitous to attract and to appease.

    Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida Selected from the Works of Ouida

  • Now, secondly, let me ask you to look at the special perilousness of these hidden faults.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Psalms

  • But Washington's actions indicated a divide with the Japanese about the perilousness of the situation.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • Pandolfini, was struck with the perilousness of this mania; and Cardinal d'Amboise was no longer by to oppose it.

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 3

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