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v. par·ried, par·ry·ing, par·ries
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.
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.]
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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]
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)
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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]
William Edward, 1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
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Past participle: parried
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|Noun||1.||parry - (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword|
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)|
|Verb||1.||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"
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1. evade, avoid, fence off, dodge, duck (informal), shun, sidestep, circumvent, fight shy of He parried questions about his involvement in the affair.
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parry[ˈpærɪ] VT (Fencing) → parar; [+ blow] → parar, desviar; [+ attack] → rechazar, defenderse de (fig) → esquivar, eludir
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