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par·ry

 (păr′ē)
v. par·ried, par·ry·ing, par·ries
v.tr.
1. To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
2. To deflect, evade, or avoid: He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
v.intr.
To deflect or ward off a thrust or blow.
n. pl. par·ries
1. The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow, as in fencing.
2. An evasive answer or action.

[Probably from French parez, imperative of parer, to defend, from Italian parare, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]

parry

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

Parry

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

par•ry

(ˈpær i)

v. -ried, -ry•ing, v.t.
1. to ward off (a sword thrust, blow, weapon, etc.).
2. to turn aside; dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
v.i.
3. to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
n.
4. an act or instance of parrying.
[1665–75; < French parez, imperative of parer to ward off, set off < Latin parāre to set. See parade]
par′ri•er, n.

Par•ry

(ˈpær i)

n.
William Edward, 1790–1855, English arctic explorer.

parry


Past participle: parried
Gerund: parrying

Imperative
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Present
I parry
you parry
he/she/it parries
we parry
you parry
they parry
Preterite
I parried
you parried
he/she/it parried
we parried
you parried
they parried
Present Continuous
I am parrying
you are parrying
he/she/it is parrying
we are parrying
you are parrying
they are parrying
Present Perfect
I have parried
you have parried
he/she/it has parried
we have parried
you have parried
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Past Continuous
I was parrying
you were parrying
he/she/it was parrying
we were parrying
you were parrying
they were parrying
Past Perfect
I had parried
you had parried
he/she/it had parried
we had parried
you had parried
they had parried
Future
I will parry
you will parry
he/she/it will parry
we will parry
you will parry
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Future Perfect
I will have parried
you will have parried
he/she/it will have parried
we will have parried
you will have parried
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Future Continuous
I will be parrying
you will be parrying
he/she/it will be parrying
we will be parrying
you will be parrying
they will be parrying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been parrying
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we have been parrying
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been parrying
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he/she/it will have been parrying
we will have been parrying
you will have been parrying
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been parrying
you had been parrying
he/she/it had been parrying
we had been parrying
you had been parrying
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Conditional
I would parry
you would parry
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we would parry
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Past Conditional
I would have parried
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parry - (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
blocking, block - the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements
fencing - the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
2.parry - a return punch (especially by a boxer)parry - a return punch (especially by a boxer)
biff, punch, lick, clout, poke, slug - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
Verb1.parry - impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)parry - impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
fence - fight with fencing swords
2.parry - 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"
beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"

parry

verb
1. evade, avoid, fence off, dodge, duck (informal), shun, sidestep, circumvent, fight shy of He parried questions about his involvement in the affair.
2. ward off, block, deflect, repel, rebuff, fend off, stave off, repulse, hold at bay My opponent parried every blow I got close enough to attempt.

parry

verb
To turn or drive away:
Translations
torjunta
finteparering

parry

[ˈpærɪ] VT (Fencing) → parar; [+ blow] → parar, desviar; [+ attack] → rechazar, defenderse de (fig) → esquivar, eludir

parry

[ˈpæri] vt
[+ blow] → parer
[+ argument, question] → parer à

parry

n (Fencing, fig) → Parade f; (Boxing) → Abwehr f
vt (Fencing, fig) → parieren; (Boxing) blowabwehren; ball, shotabwehren
vi (Fencing) → parieren; (Boxing, Ftbl) → abwehren

parry

[ˈpærɪ] vt (blow) → parare (fig) (question) → eludere
References in classic literature ?
Thus did he maintain the defensive, making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time, until, observing his antagonist to lose wind, he darted the staff at his face with his left hand; and, as the Miller endeavoured to parry the thrust, he slid his right hand down to his left, and with the full swing of the weapon struck his opponent on the left side of the head, who instantly measured his length upon the green sward.
We circled for some time without doing much damage on either side; the long, straight, needle-like swords flashing in the sunlight, and ringing out upon the stillness as they crashed together with each effective parry.
Hyde (whom I described) was to have full liberty and power about my house in the square; and to parry mishaps, I even called and made myself a familiar object, in my second character.
Between Europeans and savages, it is proper for the Europeans to parry sharply, not to attack.
And I have the honor of assuring you that I killed one of them with his own sword," said Aramis; "for mine was broken at the first parry.
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.
Parry knew this room, as he had often been to see me when the king was at Newcastle.
He had spoken but two words to the host, to warn him that a traveler of the name of Parry would arrive, and to desire that, when he did, he should be shown up to him immediately.
Montano also had his cutlass unsheathed, and Muscari, without further speech, sent a slash at his head which he was compelled to catch and parry.
Come, come, Lady Dedlock, we must not fence and parry now.
I have been saying how glad I should be if the Skinners were here this winter instead of last; or if the Parrys had come, as they talked of once, she might have danced with George Parry.
It was then that Lakor quickly unslung a belt from his harness, and as I stepped back to parry a wicked thrust he lashed one end of it about my left ankle so that it wound there for an instant, while he jerked suddenly upon the other end, throwing me heavily upon my back.