Answer: (v.) to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive
movement in fencing and other sports
Word Origin late 17th century: probably representing French parez! 'ward off!' imperative of parer from Italian parare 'ward off'.
Scrabble Points: 10
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Parry (which is used in fencing among other applications) probably comes from parez a form of the French verb parer meaning "to guard or ward off." Its history can be compared with that of two other English words: parapet and parasol. Those two terms go back to an Italian word (parare) that means "to shield or guard."
Parry definition to ward off (a thrust stroke weapon etc.) as in fencing; avert. See more.
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For ships the most open way to the north lies to the west of Spitzbergen as Parry found two generations ago. MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE VOL. 1 NO. 2 JULY 1893 VARIOUS The nut is not large but is full of good meat and resembles the Parry. WALNUT GROWING IN OREGON VARIOUS
1. The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow as in fencing. 2. An evasive answer or action.
A parry is a fencing bladework maneuver intended to deflect or block an incoming attack. Jérémy Cadot (on the left) parries the flèche attack from Andrea Baldini during the final of the Challenge international de Paris.
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