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precipice

(noun) A very steep cliff; A crag; An overhanging mass of rock.
(noun) The brink of a dangerous situation.

From Latin "praecipitium" (a steep place).
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This is oft used poetically for dramatic effect. Albeit cliché, I still enjoy its use. From The Day The Earth Stood Still (film):

> It's only on the brink of destruction that humanity can find the will to change, only at the precipice do we evolve!

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/precipi

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