Definition of parry :
1. 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.
2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
3. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
4. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
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counter-evidence (part of speech: noun)
disprove (part of speech: verb)
- I lunged out at him, and instead of attempting to parry he replied in quart. - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
- It was only a clean, quick blow, but there was no check nor parry to mar its full effectiveness. - "A Man and a Woman", Stanley Waterloo.
- She asked it partly to know, as neither man nor key appeared in the photograph, and partly to parry the " historic allusion"- a disturbing sort of fire for which Mrs. Morris was rather noted and which made some of her most loyal townsfolk a bit shy of her. - "Humorous Ghost Stories", Dorothy Scarborough.