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Definition to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
  • She parried the question by asking...
parried = avoided answering the question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
  • The knight parried and struck back.
  • She parried his attempts to provoke her.
  • Others circled to listen to the thrust and parry of their exchange.
  • In the thrust and parry of battle, Redd's crown had fallen on the floor.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • parry = use one's blade to turn aside the blade of an opponent
  • Only Phineas never was afraid, only Phineas never hated anyone. Other people experienced this fearful shock somewhere, this sighting of the enemy, and so began an obsessive labor of defense, began to parry the menace they saw facing them by developing a particular frame of mind, ...
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • parry = avoid
  • He slashed at Annabeth, and I parried the blade away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • parried = deflected (forced in a harmless direction)
  • We exchanged thrusts and parries, getting a feel for each other's fighting style.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • parries = deflections of sword thrusts
  • I calmly parried every thrust.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • parried = avoided
  • Luke showed me thrusts and parries and shield blocks the hard way.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • parries = ways of deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • A Hunter came out of nowhere and slashed at me with her knife, but I parried and kept running.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • parried = deflected (pushed it to the side)
  • There is a go-for-broke tactic, "the target," taught by the best swordmasters, which consists in headlong advance with arm, wrist, and blade in full extension—all attack and no attempt to parry.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • parry = use one's blade to turn aside the blade of an opponent
  • And there was an old gentleman who shall be nameless ... who, in the battle of White Plains, being an excellent master of defence, parried a musket-ball with a small sword, insomuch that he absolutely felt it whiz round the blade, and glance off at the hilt; in proof of which he was ready at any time to show the sword, with the hilt a little bent.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • parried = avoided (being hit by)
  • She parried with the two Hatters.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • parried = fenced (deflected each other's sword thrusts)
  • He had parried with his great bowie knife, and at first I thought that he too had come through in safety.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He had hit on a more ingenious mode of parrying than he was aware of.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The skeletal cavalry officer with the broken sword lashed out at her, and she parried with her own sword.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I hope what you've heard about me is good," I parried.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Svidrigailov parried with disgust.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He struck in a humming circle behind him and Ralph only just parried the blow.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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