Precipice definition

prĕsə-pĭs
The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation.

On the precipice of defeat.

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A vertical, almost vertical, or overhanging rock face; steep cliff.
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A greatly hazardous situation, verging on disaster.
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An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff.
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The definition of a precipice is the edge of a steep cliff.

An example of a precipice is the edge of a cliff.

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The brink of a dangerous situation.

To stand on a precipice.

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A very steep cliff.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
precipice
Plural:
precipices

Origin of precipice

  • French précipice from Latin praecipitium from praeceps praecipit- headlong precipitate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1598, from Latin *praecipitium (“a steep place"), from praeceps (“steep"), from prae + caput (“head"). First meaning of the noun is recorded from 1632.

    From Wiktionary