to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
a defensive movement in fencing.
- par·ri·a·ble, adjective
- par·ri·er, noun
- un·par·ried, adjective
- un·par·ry·ing, adjective
Other definitions for Parry (2 of 2)
Milman, 1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.
William Edward, 1790–1855, English Arctic explorer.
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How to use parry in a sentence
Because the game relies on parrying sword attacks, higher frame rates mean players will have an easier time judging parry windows.‘Ghost of Tsushima’ sees the best kind of PlayStation 5 upgrade: transformative and free | Gene Park | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
To which Jay parried, “I was gonna say the same thing for you!”
Morales parried that the new constitution essentially reset the political clock, allowing him a second shot at reelection.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So | Eli Lake, Mac Margolis | July 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He parried the matter well on Monday, at the NATO press conference.
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.Was Mike Wallace’s Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid? | Catie Lazarus | April 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bachmann parried smoothly, once again equating submission with respect.
The men, whose poniards his sword parried, had recourse to fire-arms, and two pistols were fired at him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Men began to cry out that De Valmont no longer gave back the Norman's blows; only parried.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
Decatur parried the blow, and made a fierce stroke at the weapon, hoping to cut off its point.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
He was parried with immovable good humour; and the others came to his aid; some with arguments, some with questions.Alone | Marion Harland
He parried a swift blow, giving one in return that caught Swan on the elbow and knocked the plank out of his hand.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for parry (1 of 2)
to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing
(tr) to evade (questions), esp adroitly
an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
a skilful evasion, as of a question
British Dictionary definitions for Parry (2 of 2)
Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848–1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works
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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