Definitions for: Parry

[n] a return punch
[v] impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Par"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parried; p. pr. & vb. n.
Parrying.] [F. par['e], p. p. of parer. See Pare, v. t.]
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.

Par"ry, v. i.
To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow,
argument, etc. --Locke.

Par"ry, n.; pl. Parries.
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.

Synonyms: block, circumvent, counter, counterpunch, deflect, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt

See Also: avoid, biff, fence, lick, poke, punch, quibble

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