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Parry definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAR'RY, v.t.
1. In fencing, to ward off; to stop or to put or turn by; as, to parry a thrust.
2. To ward off; to turn aside; to prevent a blow from taking effect.
3. To avoid; to shift off.
The French government has parried the payment of our claims.
PAR'RY, v.i. To ward off; to put by thrusts or strokes; to fence.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
2: a return punch (especially by a boxer) [syn: counterpunch, parry, counter] v
1: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" [syn: parry, block, deflect]
2: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

Merriam Webster's

verb (parried; parrying) Etymology: probably from French parez, imperative of parer to parry, from Old Occitan parar, from Latin parare to prepare more at pare Date: 1672 intransitive verb 1. to ward off a weapon or blow 2. to evade or turn aside something transitive verb 1. to ward off (as a blow) 2. to evade especially by an adroit answer <parried the question> parry noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. (-ies, -ied) 1 avert or ward off (a weapon or attack), esp. with a countermove. 2 deal skilfully with (an awkward question etc.). --n. (pl. -ies) an act of parrying. Etymology: prob. repr. F parez imper. of parer f. It. parare ward off

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Parry Par"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parried; p. pr. & vb. n. Parrying.] [F. par['e], p. p. of parer. See Pare, v. t.] 1. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm. --Locke. Vice parries wide The undreaded volley with a sword of straw. --Cowper. 2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade. The French government has parried the payment of our claims. --E. Everett.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Parry Par"ry, v. i. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc. --Locke.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Parry Par"ry, n.; pl. Parries. A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(parries, parrying, parried) 1. If you parry a question or argument, you cleverly avoid answering it or dealing with it. In an awkward press conference, Mr King parried questions on the allegations. = counter VERB: V n 2. If you parry a blow from someone who is attacking you, you push aside their arm or weapon so that you are not hurt. I did not want to wound him, but to restrict myself to defence, to parry his attacks... I parried, and that's when my sword broke. = deflect VERB: V n, V

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Ward off, turn aside, prevent, avert. 2. Shift off, avoid, evade.

Moby Thesaurus

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