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Examples of parlous in a Sentence
The company is in a parlous financial situation.
He talked about the parlous state of the country.
Recent Examples of parlous from the Web
Though their governance remains parlous, at least these banks are no longer able to hide the extent of their problems.
The stakes are especially high this year given the parlous state of the agricultural economy.
For women of color, especially black women, the situation is even more parlous.
The parlous state of London’s prime central market, which began to decline in 2015, likely also played a role in this decision.
To complicate matters, at the film’s center the Dardennes place an amateur detective who doesn’t naturally belong to this parlous world.
To be sure, there is much room for debate as to the current state of American institutions: My particular hobby-horses here are the growing power of the presidency and the courts relative to Congress, and the parlous state of civic culture.
WHO is in a parlous state WHO is no longer the sole leader in global health.
Numerous commentaries from both the political left and right have expounded the parlous state of the Democratic Party.
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Did You Know?
Parlous is both a synonym and a derivative of "perilous"; it came to be as an alteration of "perilous" in Middle English. ("Perilous" is derived from the Anglo-French perilleus, which ultimately comes from the Latin word for "danger": "periculum.") Both words are documented in use from at least the 14th century, but by the 17th century "parlous" had slipped from common use and was considered more or less archaic. It experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 20th century (although some critics still regarded it as an archaic affectation), and today it appears in fairly common use, often modifying "state" or "times."
PARLOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parlous for English Language Learners
: full of danger or risk
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