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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 of parlous
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of perlous, syncopated variant of perilous
Related forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
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  • You might find yourself in a parlous condition, Master Helstrop.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Yet reflect upon the parlous condition in which she found herself.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Ruth wrung her hands in her dismay, confronted by a parlous choice.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Five or six years ago its affairs were in so parlous a state that 19s.

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • Fate had given Mayo and his associate an ideal crew for that parlous job.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • At this present moment a friend, a New Zealander, is in parlous plight.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • Know you not, Sir Knight, that these be parlous days for making of new monopolies?

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
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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