Precipice

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Pronunciation: [ pres-uh-pis ]


Definition: noun

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’


Usage:


Synonyms:

1:

  • bluff

  • cliff

2:

  • peril

  • danger

  • endangerment

  • trouble

  • distress

  • uncertainty

Antonyms:

1:

  • flat

2:

  • safety

  • security

Example:

1: Luckily, the couple hit their brakes just in time to avoid the precipice.

2: The country was on the precipice of war.

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