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Tuesday, December 03, 2002

parlous

\PAR-luhs\ , adjective;
1.
Attended with peril; fraught with danger; hazardous.
Quotes:
It was a parlous time on the Continent, when Communists and fascists vied brutally for supremacy.
-- Howard Simons, "Shots Seen Round the World", New York Times, September 22, 1985
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, "The Buck Stops Here", Asiaweek, July 7, 2000
Origin:
Parlous derives from Old French perillous, perilleus, from Latin periculosus, adjective form of periculum, "peril, danger, hazard."
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