Rare. to a large extent; greatly.
- par·lous·ly, adverb
- par·lous·ness, noun
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How to use parlous in a sentence
Some economists argue that the parlous state of the middle class is being disguised by poor accounting.
One day, while walking the dog, Joel weighed in on the parlous state of the federal minimum wage.Fighting With a Family Member Over Politics? Try These 4 Steps | Belinda Luscombe | February 19, 2021 | Time
They also counted on exploiting Honduras's parlous state of affairs among frightened voters.Honduras Presidential Election Passes Over Chavez Loyalists | Mac Margolis | November 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cities in parlous financial condition often need creditors to keep going.
It could happen here—and in 2010, a parlous American economy did give the GOP a robust midterm triumph.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm | Robert Shrum | February 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not since Harry Truman has a president taken office at a more parlous moment.
Twelve months earlier, under guidance of Land League, Ireland was in a parlous state.
He resented what he imagined as being the knowledge these boon companions boasted of his parlous state.The Terms of Surrender | Louis Tracy
If the forgiveness of our debtors is a condition precedent to our own forgiveness, most of us are in a parlous state.The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
These were no doubt fearful of boring the Christians whose precious society the Jew enjoyed on a parlous tenure.Ghetto Comedies | Israel Zangwill
What a mercy poor Whitefoot was sure footed, and did not stumble, for the way was parlous difficult.The House of Walderne | A. D. Crake
British Dictionary definitions for parlous
dangerous or difficult
- parlously, adverb
- parlousness, noun
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