Definition of parry in English:

parry

Syllabification: par·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈparē
 
/

verb (parries, parrying, parried)

[with object]
1Ward off (a weapon or attack), especially with a countermove: he parried the blow by holding his sword vertically
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  • Show your opponent an opening then pull back to parry his counter attack.
  • When the arms and ammunitions ran out, the volunteers used blank weapons to parry the attacks.
  • The duke blocked the attack and parried the following barrage of cuts the prince delivered.
Synonyms
ward off, fend off; deflect, hold off, block, counter, repel, repulse
1.1Answer (a question or accusation) evasively: he parried questions from reporters outside the building
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  • As my editorial staff can vouch, there was hardly a day during the race for governor of California when I was not required to parry questions from the media, American and otherwise.
  • But he parries questions with these guys, and says, ‘Are you sure you need all those - or you don't.’
  • Glass, who parried questions about the veracity of those articles, should correct the record.
Synonyms
evade, sidestep, avoid, dodge, answer evasively, field, fend off

noun (plural parries)

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An act of parrying: her question met with a polite parry
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  • Parry after parry and blow after blow were the only things Reana thought about as she struggled in the midst of the fight.
  • A quick parry of the blow, and Tanaka returned the favor with a right hook.
  • Several blows and parries were executed as images of imaginary foes continued to appear all around him.

Origin

late 17th century: probably representing French parez! 'ward off!', imperative of parer, from Italian parare 'ward off'.

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