Pronunciation: [ pres-uh-pis ]
1: a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face
2: a situation of great peril
Origin: Late 16th century; Latin
Etymology: from French précipice or Latin praecipitium ‘abrupt descent’, from praeceps, praecip(it)- ‘steep, headlong’
1: Luckily, the couple hit their brakes just in time to avoid the precipice.
2: The country was on the precipice of war.