Parry

Definition of Parry

Par´ry   Pronunciation: păr´rŷ
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Parried (păr"rĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Parrying.]
1.To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
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.
v. i.1.To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
n.1.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.

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