from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being parlous or perilous; rashness; impetuousness; quickness; shrewdness.


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  • The morning sun reflected glossily off the perfect black muscularity of its back, and for a moment she was oddly, dispassionately aware of the beauty in that sheer animal power, before the parlousness of her own situation crowded in upon her again.

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  • The problems of some of these people always encounter in their rescue mission are those elements who benefit from the state of parlousness, whose interest is being threatened by the new person at the helms of affair.

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