Word of the Day – Parry

By August 9, 2019 Word of the Day

Parry (verb)

pa-ree

Ward off (a weapon or attack) with a countermove.

Answer (a question or accusation) evasively.

Late 17th century probably representing French parez! ‘ward off!’, imperative of parer, from Italian parare ‘ward off’.

Example sentences

“He parried all accusations, refusing to take responsibility for his part in the trouble.”

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