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parry

[par-ee] /ˈpær i/
verb (used with object), parried, parrying.
1.
to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
2.
to turn aside; evade or dodge:
to parry an embarrassing question.
verb (used without object), parried, parrying.
3.
to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
noun, plural parries.
4.
an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
5.
a defensive movement in fencing.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; < French parez, imperative of parer to ward off, set off < Latin parāre to set. See parade
Related forms
parriable, adjective
parrier, noun
unparried, adjective
unparrying, adjective
Synonyms
2. avert; elude; prevent, obviate, preclude.

Parry

[par-ee] /ˈpær i/
noun
1.
Milman, 1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.
2.
William Edward, 1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
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British Dictionary definitions for parry

parry

/ˈpærɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing
2.
(transitive) to evade (questions), esp adroitly
noun (pl) -ries
3.
an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
4.
a skilful evasion, as of a question
Word Origin
C17: from French parer to ward off, from Latin parāre to prepare

Parry

/ˈpærɪ/
noun
1.
Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848–1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works
2.
Sir William Edward. 1790–1855, English arctic explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage (1819–25) and attempted to reach the North Pole (1827)
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Word Origin and History for parry
v.

1630s, from French parez! (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), imperative of parer "ward off," from Italian parare "to ward or defend a blow" (see para- (2)). Related: Parried; parrying. Non-fencing use is from 1718. The noun is 1705, from the verb.

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