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Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Definitions for parlous

  1. Attended with peril; fraught with danger; hazardous.

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Citations for parlous
It was a parlous time on the Continent, when Communists and fascists vied brutally for supremacy. Howard Simons, New York Times
The Crisis left Indonesia's state finances in such a parlous state that the government is now heavily exposed to future risks. Penny Crisp and Jose Manuel Tesoro, Asiaweek
Origin of parlous
1350-1400
Parlous derives from Old French perillous, perilleus, from Latin periculosus, adjective form of periculum, "peril, danger, hazard."