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par·lous

 (pär′ləs)
adj.
1. Perilous; dangerous: "starting from scratch in parlous economic times" (Madalynne Reuter).
2. Obsolete Dangerously cunning.

[Middle English, variant of perilous, perilous, from peril, peril; see peril.]

par′lous·ly adv.

parlous

(ˈpɑːləs)
adj
1. dangerous or difficult
2. cunning
adv
extremely
[C14 perlous, variant of perilous]
ˈparlously adv
ˈparlousness n

par•lous

(ˈpɑr ləs)

adj.
1. perilous; dangerous.
2. Obs. cunning; shrewd.
[1350–1400; Middle English, earlier perlous, syncopated variant of perilous perilous]
par′lous•ly, adv.
par′lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.parlous - fraught with dangerparlous - fraught with danger; "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"
dangerous, unsafe - involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"

parlous

adjective (Archaic or humorous) dangerous, difficult, desperate, risky, dire, hazardous, hairy (slang), perilous, chancy (informal) Our economy is in a parlous state.

parlous

adjective
Involving possible risk, loss, or injury:
Slang: hairy.
Translations

parlous

[ˈpɑːləs] ADJ [state] → lamentable, crítico, pésimo

parlous

[ˈpɑːrləs] adj (formal)précaireParma ham parma ham [ˌpɑːrməˈhæm] njambon m de Parme

parlous

adj (old, liter) to be in a parlous statesich in einem prekären Zustand befinden

parlous

[ˈpɑːləs] adj (old) (liter) → periglioso/a
References in classic literature ?
It was clear that the miscreant was in a parlous state.
Daylight, after I had been four hours in the water, found me in a parlous condition in the tide-rips off Mare Island light, where the swift ebbs from Vallejo Straits and Carquinez Straits were fighting with each other, and where, at that particular moment, they were fighting the flood tide setting up against them from San Pablo Bay.
Sir, it is parlous news I bring, and -- be these pilgrims?
If you find us in so parlous a state, it is surely scarcely dignified or gracious, on the part of a great nation like yours, to leave us so abruptly to our fate.
But it was not until we had effected our entry through the room which had been my very own, and made our parlous way across the lighted landing, to the best bedroom of those days and these, that I really felt myself a worm.
A report last month said violence and drug use was rife in the rat-infested jail and a backlog of 2,000 maintenance tasks meant it was "in a parlous state".
SUNDERLAND Football Club are without doubt in a pretty parlous position at present.
THE parlous financial situation that Britain found itself in 2008/2010 was not down to austerity or Brexit.
As reported, the column has been closed since March 2014 and is falling into an increasingly parlous state of disrepair.
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In contrast we point to the parlous jungle capitalism of a feral elite, using everything in their power to destroy him.
The plight of general practice remains parlous and on the brink of collapse.