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parlousadjective

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)
Translations of “parlous”
in Chinese (Simplified) 糟糕的, 危险的, 不可预测的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 糟糕的, 危險的, 不可預測的…
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