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precarious
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

6 uses
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Definition unsafe or unsure — especially in danger of falling
  • His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one.
    Chapters 19-20 (83% in)
  • Louis XVIII. made but a faint attempt to parry this unexpected blow; the monarchy he had scarcely reconstructed tottered on its precarious foundation, and at a sign from the emperor the incongruous structure of ancient prejudices and new ideas fell to the ground.
    Chapters 13-14 (1% in)
  • (he called me by this name when he was in good humor); 'do you think I am going to change the life I lead for your mode of existence—my agreeable indolence for the hard and precarious toil you impose on yourself, exposed to the bitter frost at night, and the scorching heat by day, compelled to conceal yourself, and when you are perceived, receive a volley of bullets, all to earn a paltry sum?
    Chapters 43-44 (67% in)
  • Hence that immense fortune, which, in Lord Wilmore's opinion, possibly amounted to one or two millions per annum,—a precarious fortune, which might be momentarily lost by the failure of the mine.
    Chapters 69-70 (41% in)
  • Fortune is precarious; and if I were a woman and fate had made me a banker's wife, whatever might be my confidence in my husband's good fortune, still in speculation you know there is great risk.
    Chapters 75-76 (70% in)
  • I remember well that the slaves, convinced of the precarious tenure on which they held their lives, passed whole days and nights in praying, crying, and groaning.
    Chapters 77-78 (31% in)

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