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parlous

[pahr-luh s] /ˈpɑr ləs/
adjective
1.
perilous; dangerous.
2.
Obsolete. clever; shrewd.
adverb
3.
to a large extent; greatly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of perlous, syncopated variant of perilous
Related forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
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  • Thus the parlous state of modeling and the concomitant need for modesty among those addicted to central planning.
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  • In these parlous times, it's prudent to shop your closet.
  • His only means of achieving the sublime heights that this endeavour required was a parlous loftiness in his language.
  • The palaces remained incomplete and the royal musicians unpaid because of the parlous state of royal finances.
  • But government finances remained in a parlous state.
  • But investors are well aware that the parlous state of the country's finances means that it cannot supply unlimited amounts.
  • The need for aid is increasing as the downturn worsens the already parlous condition of the poor across the developing world.
  • Elsewhere in the rich world, though, citizens are strangely indifferent to the parlous state of a vital piece of infrastructure.
British Dictionary definitions for parlous

parlous

/ˈpɑːləs/
adjective
1.
dangerous or difficult
2.
cunning
adverb
3.
extremely
Derived Forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
Word Origin
C14 perlous, variant of perilous
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Word Origin and History for parlous
adj.

late 14c., late Middle English contraction of perilous.

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