Meaning of “parlous” in the English Dictionary

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"parlous" in British English

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uk /ˈpɑː.ləs/ us /ˈpɑːr.ləs/ formal

very bad, dangerous, or uncertain:

Relations between the two countries have been in a parlous state for some time.
I'd like to buy a new car, but my finances are in such a parlous state that I can't afford to.

(Definition of “parlous” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)