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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Definitions for parry

  1. to ward off; turn aside (as a thrust or weapon)
  2. the act of warding off

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Citations for parry
I am not saying the whole group's survival is at stake. But we have to act today if we are to parry the harder onslaught of our competitors tomorrow. Bernd Pischetsrieder,
Origin of parry
1665-1675
by 1639, from French parez (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), from parer "ward off," from Italian parare "to ward or defend a blow," from Latin parare "make ready, prepare." Non-fencing use is from 1717.