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Tuesday, November 21, 2000

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
Parlous derives from Old French perillous, perilleus, from Latin periculosus, adjective form of periculum, "peril, danger, hazard."