precipice

[ pres-uh-pis ]

Part of Speech

noun

Definition

a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face

Origin + Etymology

from French précipice or Latin praecipitium ‘abrupt descent’, from praeceps, praecip(it)- ‘steep, headlong’

Synonyms

  • bluff
  • cliff

Antonyms

  • flat

Example

Luckily, the couple hit their breaks just in time to avoid the precipice.

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